What is the opposite of expel?

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Opposite of to drive out with force
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Opposite of to expel or send away, especially permanently
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Opposite of to expel air from the lungs
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Opposite of to spurt or gush out in jets
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Opposite of to drive out
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Opposite of to send away or order to leave
“They are struck by his pressing need to go out to the peripheries and invite sinners and social outcasts into his Kingdom.”
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Opposite of to emit or discharge from a container, space, or one's body
“As the bucket is pulled toward the machine, it will dig and load the bucket with the material being excavated.”
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Opposite of to throw away (something unwanted or useless)
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Opposite of to expel or send away, especially permanently
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Opposite of to push or thrust out
“Theoretically, it is simple to just pull the rope through the anchor.”
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Opposite of to eject, or be ejected, especially suddenly or violently
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Opposite of to expel or spew a substance
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(physiology) Opposite of to expel or excrete waste matter from the body
“Stress also affects the nervous system and can build toxins in nerve tissues, causing them to function poorly and contribute to the formation of cysts and fibromas.”
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Opposite of to completely remove or get rid of
“If the ink stain sets in the sheets, good luck trying to remove it.”
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(of gas or heat) Opposite of to expel or discharge, typically gas or light
“Insulation is, first and foremost, used to confine the heat within a given space.”
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Opposite of to emit or give off
“Most closet dehumidifiers are wireless and use salt, silica gel, or other materials to absorb moisture that is in the air.”
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Opposite of to emit or expel (air or gas)
“The revolving blades of the wheel suck the air in through a bore in the chamber and shoot the air forth along the neck to the main.”
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Opposite of to throw away (something unwanted or useless)
“My mother wanted to keep all of my school work from my junior school years for sentimentality reasons.”
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Opposite of to abolish or get rid of
“Our department will soon introduce a new system to streamline our processes.”
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Opposite of to cause to be empty or vacant
“We advise all users to fill the machinery with oil before turning it on.”
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Opposite of to brush off or away, typically dirt or litter
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Opposite of to derive or extract something from someone, especially underhandedly
“Nick says he will donate two hundred dollars per ace this summer to help the victims of the country's bush fire crisis.”
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Opposite of to discard or exclude (someone or something)
“The coach decided to include David as part of the squad that would represent the country in the World Championships.”
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Opposite of to allow or enable to escape from confinement
“They would hold him in shackles while interrogating him.”
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Opposite of to drive or push into a specified position or state using physical strength or against resistance
“Much to my surprise, I was able to fit all my clothes into the luggage.”
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