What is the opposite of extend?

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Opposite of to make longer than before
“Don't cut your nose to spite your face.”
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Opposite of to increase in size, amount or degree
“The improved safety features of the new roadway and bridges will reduce the potential for accidents.”
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Opposite of to offer or make available
“The panel would withdraw the crown from the contestant after she was deemed illegible.”
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Opposite of to hold (something) out towards someone
“I would retract my offer of donations after realizing it would be used for nefarious purposes.”
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Opposite of to spread from a central point to cover a wider area
“The lane would eventually stop with a dead-end.”
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Opposite of to broaden the meaning or scope of
“We need to reduce the scope of this project before it blows out our budget.”
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Opposite of to cause to last longer
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“We had to shorten our time at the zoo so we could fit in the other items on our itinerary.”
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Opposite of to straighten or spread out (something) at full length
“I am too inflexible to bend my upper body down and reach over to touch my toes.”
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Opposite of to stick or jut out
Cover your tummy by tucking your shirt in properly into your pants!”
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Opposite of to increase in quantity by weakening or adulterating additions
“Allow the steak's natural juices enrich the sauce.”
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Opposite of to alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
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Opposite of to open or spread out, especially from a folded position
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Opposite of to put forward for consideration
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Opposite of to preserve from extinction or oblivion
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Opposite of to diverge or spread from a central point
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(of a feeling or problem) Opposite of to become worse or more intense
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(of a material) Opposite of to stretch or open out
Fold the paper the way you are comfortable but keep in mind the direction of the fold.”
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Opposite of to range or occur within a continuous spectrum
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Opposite of to give (attention, respect, or a compliment) to (someone)
“Everyone reasonably demands that others should not deprive him of honor or esteem as well as of his goods.”
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Opposite of to (excessively) exert for a particular task, purpose or goal
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To make (or become) tight or taut
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(of a structure or natural feature) Opposite of to be, or to appear to be, taller than the surrounding landscape
“The landscape would flatten out once we had driven past the mountains.”
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Opposite of to elaborate on a point, statement or argument
“I'm going to try to summarize in a few paragraphs the qualities that make up a good player.”
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(of clothing) Opposite of to lengthen by undoing and resewing a hem
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Opposite of to lend money to someone
“She was going through a difficult time and asked if she could borrow some money from me.”
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Opposite of to part with a possession or right
“Despite your continued insistence, I must reserve my precious time for use on more pressing matters.”
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Opposite of to offer or grant (help or services) freely
“Some people decline volunteer work and seek paid positions because of a feeling that pay is the criterion of professional standing.”
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