What is the opposite of earn?

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Opposite of to acquire or gain, especially in return for one's effort or behavior
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Opposite of to receive payment for work
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Opposite of to come into possession of
“I will give my old laptop to my younger brother.”
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Opposite of to earn through work or effort
“An inability or disinclination to network with others will likely hamper your career.”
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Opposite of to come into possession of, or to receive in return for effort
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“They told him that it was very important not to lose the evidence of aliens.”
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Opposite of to receive a particular treatment
“If you avoid making mistakes, you will never learn from them.”
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To earn or receive in total
“This film was a success and would gross an enormous amount of money worldwide.”
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Opposite of to accept or receive, typically something awarded
“She had worked hard and tried her best, but would ultimately fail at winning a medal during the tournament.”
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Opposite of to be entitled to
“Cheaters are deemed to be unworthy of accolades and rewards.”
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Opposite of to obtain a financial advantage or benefit
“With a sharp drop in share prices, he continues to lose out on his return on investments.”
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Opposite of to derive benefit from
“Startups will almost inevitably suffer financially for the first few years before significant gains may be realized.”
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Opposite of to buy or procure by payment
“The group used the website to sell goods bearing the image and name of the power station, and it hoped to expand its retail operation.”
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Opposite of to agree to receive or take receipt of
“He warned the committee that if he were to win, he would refuse his award on philosophical grounds.”
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