What is the opposite of follow?

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Opposite for to move behind in the same direction
“We know where the bar is so we can just lead you to it.”
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Opposite for to pursue in order to keep track of, or to apprehend, someone
“The cops would give up the chase in the interest of public safety.”
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Opposite for to stealthily trail or watch
“The detective would eventually lose track of the suspect because of all the commotion around him.”
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Opposite for to physically go along with
“My pet dog was strange in that he preferred to stay indoors and would always avoid me whenever I wanted to go for a walk outside.”
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Opposite for to act according to specified rules
“If you break the company's code of conduct, you will then be at risk of having your employment terminated.”
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Opposite for to carry out a set of instructions
“I would disregard the directions on the back of the box as I felt they were unnecessarily verbose.”
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(follow from) Opposite for to occur as a consequence
“The president's decision to raise fuel taxes would cause a revolt.”
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(of a speaker, theory or argument) Opposite for to understand the meaning of
“It was easy to misunderstand the true meaning of his words as he had a penchant for speaking with heavy sarcasm.”
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Opposite for to take as a model for emulation
“B.B. King's bluesy guitar style would heavily contrast with Steve Vai's rock and metal technique.”
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Opposite for to make one's way via a given path or trail
“Do not veer off the path or you could get lost!”
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Opposite for to succeed one's predecessor in a given position or role
“He would precede his son as head of the family business prior to his retirement.”
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Opposite for take an active interest in or be a supporter of
“When I was younger, I would dislike basketball, but I love it now.”
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Opposite for to keep informed of
“He was a bad accountant, and he would always be uninformed of the latest financial laws.”
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