What is the opposite of exploit?

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Noun
Opposite of an exciting or noteworthy event, action or achievement
“He often spoke of his failure as an important learning experience from which he later benefited.”
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(computing) Opposite of a program or technique that exploits a vulnerability in other software
“Once programmers found a fix for the bug, the system was shut down and reloaded with a corrected version.”
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Opposite of an undertaking which goes against convention
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Opposite of an unusual and exciting or daring experience
“After much inactivity, we were all yearning for a bit of adventure.”
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Opposite of an action that is performed intentionally or consciously
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(mass noun) Opposite of the execution or accomplishment of a task or series of tasks
“Constant failure in the industry had prompted him to rethink his career and consider a change.”
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Opposite of a undertaking, typically one that involves risk
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(computing) Opposite of software designed to operate in a malicious, undesirable manner
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Opposite of an occurrence, or something that happens
“As it turned out, it was nothing!”
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Opposite of the mechanics of a movement or action
“There was a significant degree of inflexibility in his movements, and the coach knew then and there that he would never make it as an athlete.”
Noun
Opposite of a mission or undertaking that typically involves a great journey
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Opposite of a mischievous practical joke
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Opposite of an activity or event one has undergone
“He was a lazy person, and his avoidance of having to do any work would infuriate many.”
Noun
Opposite of an event or occurrence, especially one that is noteworthy
Verb
Opposite of to make use of
“The authors misuse the air-space analogy in their discussion of the treatment of airliners.”
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Opposite of to exploit someone for one's own benefit, especially in an underhanded way
“They learn to appreciate what they have, and to reach out and help those less fortunate than them.”
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Opposite of to cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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Opposite of to gain an advantage or profit by using unfair or deceitful methods
“I admire this superior being who told truths without sweetening them to help others to gain a temporary advantage.”
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Opposite of to wield or make use of
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Opposite of exploit or defraud by taking small amounts of money over a period of time
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Opposite of to exploit or use something to one's advantage
“As humans adapt to their environment, and as they change to meet new challenges posed by their constantly changing environments, their cultures change and evolve.”
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Opposite of to exploit or use to one's advantage
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Opposite of to convince or manipulate
“The convenient rationalization that our weapons potpourri will confuse the enemy into fear of misbehaving is absurd and threatening.”
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(forgo) 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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(ignore) Opposite of to make use of
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(impose on/upon) Opposite of to take advantage of
“You have done so much for me in the past, and I just wanted to return the favor.”
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Opposite of to cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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Opposite of to utilize or take advantage of
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Opposite of to act on an opportunity
“He would miss many golden opportunities that had been presented to him during his career because of his tunnel vision.”
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Opposite of drive or work to exhaustion
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Opposite of to put into action or practice
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Opposite of to handle or operate something
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Opposite of to apply improperly or incorrectly in an almost obscene way
“The citizen has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but he must honor the laws of his country.”
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Opposite of to consume, deplete or exhaust
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Opposite of to pay someone less than the value of their work
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Opposite of to act on one's own authority, without asking for permission
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Opposite of to gamble
“Jarrod is the kind of guy who likes to play it safe.”
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