What is the opposite of employ?

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Opposite of to make use of
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Opposite of to hire (somebody) for work or a job
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Opposite of to exert or put to use
“A promise of confidentiality is a duty to maintain the secrecy of the information and not misuse or wrongfully disclose it.”
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Opposite of to make use of
“We would forgo the use of drones during our filming so as not to scare the animals.”
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Opposite of to hold or engage the attention of
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(a decision, plan, or agreement) Opposite of to execute or carry out
“After falling on deaf ears, the masses decided to take matters into their hands to prevent the deforestation of the local national park.”
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Opposite of to make use of
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Opposite of to be occupied with an activity
“I typically free myself from any strenuous activities whenever I need a break.”
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Opposite of to apply, use or bring to bear (a force, influence, or quality)
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Opposite of to advance someone for a post or job, or for membership of a club
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Opposite of to use, empty or drain completely
“It was wise for Rafa to take his foot off the pedal and conserve his energy for the next match.”
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Opposite of to issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
“The unions hailed the decision as a victory and called on the trusts to abolish the charges permanently.”
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Opposite of to use, empty or drain completely
“I couldn't actually read my data because it was encrypted and compressed to save on hard-drive space.”
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(of personnel) Opposite of to work at, run, or operate (a place or piece of equipment) or defend (a fortification)
“Does the government not know that a hungry and irate man could mismanage the equipment entrusted to him?”
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(usually in the negative) Opposite of to handle, especially in order to interfere with, alter, or otherwise affect
Leave my stuff alone!”
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Opposite of the state of being in, or provided with, employment
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Opposite of the process of finding candidates for a post in an organization or team
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Opposite of actions performed as part of one's employment
“Jack took leave from work to spend time with his sickly father.”
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Opposite of a paid position of regular employment
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