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What is the opposite of confront?

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Opposite of to defy or challenge someone or something with hostile or argumentative intent
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Opposite of to physically stand or be in front of while facing something
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Opposite of to face, resist or oppose with boldness or courage
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Opposite of to resist or endure (something) successfully
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Opposite of to apply oneself to, or start work on, a given task or issue
“We must resist the urge to jump straight into a project without first understanding the value and benefits it will bring to the business.”
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Opposite of to confront, or come up against, a given situation
“It seems important at this point to emphasize that resilient leaders do not dodge adversity or escape the vagaries of life.”
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Opposite of to face up to or confront
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(retreat) Opposite of to confront or come up against
“I order you to stand down and retreat, Captain!”
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(cooperate) Opposite of to confront or come up against
“The general's hopes for success in battle were dashed as a result of the willingness of the native population to cooperate with the enemy.”
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Opposite of to engage in hostilities or an altercation
“Police officers would often be required to placate the protestors when they turned violent.”
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Opposite of to energetically devote, or begin devoting, effort to something
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Opposite of to devote effort to something
“Your body will suffer if you neglect good eating habits.”
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Opposite of to struggle to overcome, eliminate, or prevent
“The network will finally bow to mounting pressure to remove the controversial show from its nightly rotation.”
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(sports) Opposite of to compete against
“She was excited to partner with her longtime culinary idol in a cookoff against one of the best chefs in the country.”
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Opposite of to confront and deal with or accept
“Samra admits to drinking heavily and often feels like a drink in the morning but he continues to deny that he has an alcohol problem.”
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Opposite of to cause trouble or worry to
“Her fevered dreams and the many reflections arising from conversations with her sister travelers begin to help her unburden herself of her complicated past.”
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Opposite of to try to prevent by action or argument
“Sachs's impression from this exchange was that Rania was respectful of others' customs and beliefs but also insistent that they accept the protocols of their new home.”
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Opposite of to engage in forceful or violent confrontations
“Chester would agree with Jesse that his car was gone.”
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