What is the opposite of follow?

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Opposite of to move behind in the same direction
“We know where the bar is so we can lead you to it.”
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Opposite of 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 of 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 of 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 of 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 of 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 of 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 of 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 of 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 of to make one's way via a given path or trail
“Do not veer off the path, or you could end up getting lost!”
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Opposite of 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 of 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 of to keep informed of
“He was a bad accountant, and he would always be uninformed of the latest financial laws.”
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Opposite of to move forward along a course
“You must remain in this location until you have been given directions to next safehouse.”
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(internet, social media) Opposite of to befriend or follow someone on a social media platform
“I decided to defriend him, because I found his posts extremely contrived and ostentatious.”
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Opposite of to go after or on the track of
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Opposite of start to happen
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Opposite of conform, give in
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Opposite of to imitate the style or behavior of
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(of a proposal) Opposite of to agree or consent to
“Harvey would challenge Rose's suggestion that they should just be friends, and paid the price for it.”
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Opposite of to come into being as a result of something
“The tadpole will complete its metamorphosis when it becomes a frog.”
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(flow from) Opposite of to proceed or be produced continuously
“It was expected that workplace complaints would diminish once the staff was provided with precise and sufficient information.”
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Opposite of to correspond to, or to be similar to
“The perception of truth may vary from person to person, but there is always one eternal truth.”
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Opposite of to be affiliated with
“I knew that for things to go ahead I had to destroy the physical connections with my old identity and sever ties with the clan.”
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(dialectal, Southern US) Opposite of to resemble or look like
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Opposite of to proceed, come or flow out from
“With her windows shut, the smell of spices would be contained within my neighbor's kitchen as she prepared her dinner.”
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Opposite of to make an exact likeness of
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Opposite of to move over or back and forth over
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Opposite of to take the place of
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Opposite of increase by addition or growth, often financial
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Opposite of to act on, or put into action, a request
“Your demands are unreasonable and I will do everything I can to repeal them.”
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Opposite of take action
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