What is the opposite of embrace?

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(free) Opposite of to clasp (someone or each other) in the arms with affection
“His voice had gone soft, analeptic even, in an effort to make me free the iron-like grip I held.”
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(reject) Opposite of to clasp (someone or each other) in the arms with affection
“Will he pucker up for a smooch or reject her amorous advances?”
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Opposite of to accept something willingly or gladly
“They reject conventional norms and rules of warfare and fight with asymmetric means.”
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Opposite of to be made up or consist of
“To keep your URL as simple as possible, try to exclude characters such as question marks and ampersands.”
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Opposite of to adopt as one's own (something originated by another)
“It's quite possible to reject social conservatism without falling into some exaggerated libertinism.”
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Opposite of to wrap or cover closely
“When a movie is described as provocative, it usually means its star has deigned to bare his or her naughty bits for the audience's delectation.”
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Opposite of to enjoy or like something
“Always veering towards the conservative and traditional, they dislike novelties, experimentation or quirky fads.”
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Opposite of to choose to take up, follow, or use
“The two nations declared in the Atlantic Charter that they believed that all nations of the world must come to abandon the use of force to attain their goals.”
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Opposite of hold close, cling to
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Opposite of to champion or foster a cause
“We must oppose any trade rules based on even the most minimalist form of reciprocity in market access.”
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Opposite of to hug, hold or embrace tightly
“I know that it may take a long while for you to forgive me, but please don't push me away.”
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Opposite of wrap up, cover, or surround completely
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Opposite of to consider to be crucial or beneficial
“After being lazy for much of my life and suffering for it, I will never undervalue hard work again.”
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Opposite of to twist together or round something else
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Opposite of begin or start again
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Opposite of to hold (something) dear
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Opposite of to form a ring or circle around
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Opposite of to take for one's own benefit, typically without permission
“This document has been designed to bestow some dignity to those who toil thanklessly in the vineyards of art.”
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Opposite of to take on a position, role or duty
“He told reporters he'd had to unwillingly relinquish the role that brought him worldwide fame.”
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Opposite of to act according to specified rules
“If you break the company's code of conduct, you will then be at risk of having your employment terminated.”
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Opposite of to stick together (literally or figuratively)
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Opposite of to like, or believe that someone or something is good or acceptable
“It is not for me to condemn the actions of man but to suggest that a wake-up call for men to be what God has called them to be.”
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Opposite of to clasp or entangle in a struggle or embrace
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Opposite of to approbate or endorse
“Many agree that this conflict is senseless and openly oppose it.”
Noun
Opposite of an act of holding someone tightly in one's arms, typically to express affection
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Opposite of the process or fact of being received as adequate, valid, or suitable
“He dealt with the rejection amicably and sought feedback on what he could have done better.”
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