What is the opposite of deride?

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Opposite of to harshly mock
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Opposite of to tease, typically in a good-natured way
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Opposite of to mock or annoy someone
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(usually "joking") Opposite of to tease, typically in a good-natured way
“If you don't do it now, there is going to be consequences! I mean it!”
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Opposite of to cause pain through mistreatment
“Children should be able to look to their parents to protect them during times of distress.”
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Opposite of to cause to seem less impressive or valuable
“Some would question whether his methods are merely bids to aggrandize his own status.”
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