What is the opposite of engage?

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Opposite of to hire (somebody) for work or a job
“After multiple indiscretions, the company had no choice but to dismiss Harry.”
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Opposite of to get or hold the attention of
“Comedians can lose their audience if they don't get to the punchline quick enough.”
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Opposite of to draw in or to attract
“Your subpar food and service will deter potential customers from coming to your restaurant.”
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(retreat) Opposite of to confront or come up against
“I order you to stand down and retreat, Captain!”
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(surrender) Opposite of to confront or come up against
“The situation had become untenable, and we were forced to surrender.”
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(engage in) Opposite of to participate or become involved in
“As it was, I spent a good deal of time trying to remove myself whenever the filming took place.”
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Opposite of to pledge or enter into a contract to do something
“There may be consequences if you break your contract with the company.”
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Opposite of to activate or bring into operation
“If the range has an upper oven and fan, disengage the duct connection first.”
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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 oneself to, or start work on, a given task or issue
“We must resist the urge to jump straight into a project without first understanding the value and benefits it will bring to the business.”
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(anger) Opposite of to hold or engage the attention of
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(distract) Opposite of to hold or engage the attention of
“I managed to maintain a controlled line but the headache and dizziness were starting to distract me.”
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(deny) Opposite of to promise or make a guarantee to do something
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(break) Opposite of to promise or make a guarantee to do something
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Opposite of to cause (someone) to have a liking for or interest in something
“Laying on the cologne may actually repel the ladies, rather than attract them.”
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Opposite of to engage in an altercation
“Police officers would often be required to placate the protestors when they turned violent.”
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Opposite of to perform a show or in a show
“The musician would rest in between shows by visiting the beautiful northern beaches.”
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Opposite of to try to cope with
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Opposite of to cause to participate in an activity or situation
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Opposite of to involve or engage in deeply
“Just ignore the music if it's not really your thing.”
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Opposite of to reserve in advance
“The airline company has been ordered to cancel all flights until every jet is checked.”
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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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Opposite of to confront, or come up against, a given situation
“It seems important at this point to emphasize that resilient leaders do not dodge adversity or escape the vagaries of life.”
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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 begin or embark on an action, task or journey
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Opposite of to secure, to obtain
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Opposite of to obtain the temporary use of (something) for an agreed payment
“After the trial ended, I decided to buy the full version of the app.”
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(sports) Opposite of to compete against
“She was excited to partner with her longtime culinary idol in a cookoff against one of the best chefs in the country.”
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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 involve or draw into an (unpleasant) activity or situation
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Opposite of to pledge, give or set aside (resources) to another or for future use
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Opposite of to engage in conflict
“The opposing forces would make peace and call an end to the long-drawn-out war.”
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Opposite of to be in harmony of opinion or statement
“Some may disagree, but I think the former is a much stronger statement without the qualification.”
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Opposite of to confront or come up against
“The general's hopes for success in battle were dashed as a result of the willingness of the native population to cooperate with the enemy.”
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Opposite of to join together via a locking action or mechanism
“I see my aunt spread her fingers and point them, root-like, at the ground, and the wisps begin to rise around her feet.”
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Opposite of to confront or come up against
“Wilder threw some wild accusations that his opponent was trying to shirk the fight.”
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(of accommodation) Opposite of to rent
“I would rent out my apartment to a nice couple who were new to the city.”
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Opposite of to focus on, usually of one's vision or thoughts
“I was transfixed, and I could not remove my stare from the man's eyes.”
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