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Opposite of to crush into fine particles
“The documentary takes us behind the scenes in the paleontologist's workshop, where they reconstruct ancient dinosaurs as they might have been from tiny fragments.”
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Opposite of to force into a narrow or tight space
“A pipe already connected the two, but the problem was finding a way to coax a cable through the pipe.”
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Opposite of to hug, hold or embrace tightly
“After a brief emotional embrace, I wipe my eyes and unhug her.”
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Opposite of to violently subdue (opposition or a rebellion)
“Fearful that the right planned to establish a fascist state, socialists rose up in the mining districts of Asturias only to be defeated by the army under the supervision of General Franco.”
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Opposite of to beat, or defeat, convincingly
“Win or lose the America's Cup final, Coutts' team of sailors may find themselves all at sea after the race on the Hauraki Gulf.”
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Opposite of to dishearten or demoralize one's spirit
“The subsequent photograph, published in a newspaper, was meant to inspirit the troops in Vietnam.”
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Opposite of to shame or humiliate someone
“I just wanted to compliment Bill on speaking his mind, because I'm sure he gets a lot of flack and criticism for doing this.”
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Opposite of to cause to be creased or wrinkled
“Roche had some time to spare and decided to press his clothes before heading to his sister's trial.”
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Opposite of to defeat heavily in a contest
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Opposite of to conquer or be victorious over
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Opposite of to defeat utterly in a contest
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Opposite of to diminish the confidence or courage of
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Opposite of to put an end to something, especially one's ability to speak or express oneself
“His public transgressions will continue to occasion criticisms of his wild party ways.”
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Opposite of to ruin or put an end to something
“He believed a Southern victory would facilitate his dreams of expansionism in Mexico.”
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Opposite of to overcome with emotion or stress
“With thirty seconds to go, and the game all but won, I could finally relax.”
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Opposite of to injure a person's dignity and self-respect
“To elevate and dignify her is to elevate and dignify the world.”
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Opposite of to squeeze together
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Opposite of to collide forcefully with something
“He threw a punch that would miss its mark.”
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Opposite of to subjugate or bring a person or group under control
“Daenerys Targaryen led a military campaign to liberate the enslaved populace of Slaver's Bay.”
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Opposite of to destroy, weaken or work against
“The increasingly alienating events in the years and decades to follow did nothing but strengthen their cause.”
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Opposite of force into a narrow space
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(usually of a disease or condition) Opposite of to affect adversely
“Eating a healthy and balanced meal will help to protect against all forms of malnutrition.”
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Opposite of to put an end to
“We will not initiate a war, but if a war is imposed on us, we will defend ourselves with the utmost resolution and determination.”
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Opposite of a crowd of people pressed closely together
“The photographer observed a solemn individual in the middle of the large hall and decided to capture the mood.”
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Opposite of a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable
“He cannot explain it or quite put his finger on it, but he has an inexplicable dislike for the new manager.”
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Opposite of a large, densely packed crowd of people or animals
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Opposite of the act of idolizing, adoring or worshiping, especially to excess
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Opposite of a forceful collision of two things
“The aversion of traffic calamity was a result of the two drivers' avoidance of an accident, thanks to their quick thinking and reaction.”
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Opposite of a large, densely packed crowd of people or animals
“A small group of troublemakers were making their way into town.”
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Opposite of a state of being forced into a small or restricted space
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Opposite of a large, densely packed crowd of people or animals
“There were a few of them standing in front of the facade.”
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Opposite of a large number of people or things doing or undergoing the same thing
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