What is the opposite of earn?

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Opposite of gain deservedly in return for one's behaviour or achievements
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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 obtain or attain successfully
“We cannot abandon our quest for the Holy Grail now!”
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Opposite of to receive as return for effort
“An inability or disinclination to network with others will likely hamper your career.”
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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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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 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 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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