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What is the opposite of holding?

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Verb
Opposite of to hold an opinion
“I started doubting that the president should be spending so much time on social media.”
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(with clause) Opposite of to believe without reason
“I am rejecting the ridiculous idea that this earth might actually be flat.”
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Opposite of present participle for to physically grip or grasp something
“The coach could not understand why Dano was so hesitant to release the ball during tackles.”
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Opposite of present participle for to be in possession of
“You appear to lack the funds required to complete this purchase.”
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Opposite of present participle for to have as a belief or opinion
“He and his employers refute accusations that his style of investigation constitutes entrapment.”
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Opposite of present participle for to allow or have room for
“The local townsfolk would crowd into town for their annual Oktoberfest celebrations.”
Verb
(of a meeting, function, etc.) Opposite of present participle for to conduct or organize
“The director decided to cancel the conference due to a potentially low turnout.”
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Opposite of present participle for to continue or keep going
“Lingering showers will eventually end across the Central and Eastern coastal areas.”
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Opposite of present participle for to keep from exceeding an acceptable degree or level
“The gas would cause me to release a loud belch.”
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Opposite of present participle for to embrace by holding closely
“He managed to push away his assailant before escaping.”
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Opposite of present participle for to keep in one's mind
“You need to forget her if you want to move forward with your life.”
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Opposite of present participle for to keep under custody
“Jack Walsh would release Jonathan Mardukas after a midnight run to Los Angeles.”
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Opposite of present participle for to maintain the focus or attention of others
“You will lose your audience if your speech is boring.”
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Opposite of present participle for to have as one's role or occupation
“After several years of leading the club, Luke would relinquish his role as captain.”
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Opposite of present participle for to point or direct (an object)
“It is best to dismiss a moving target as they are more difficult to hit.”
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Opposite of present participle for to be, or to remain, valid or available
“Once you leave the premises, it will invalidate your ticket and you will not be able to re-enter the compound.”
Verb
(of a phone conversation) Opposite of present participle for to stay on the line
“I will hang up the call if she continues to be belligerent and unreasonable on the phone.”
Noun
Opposite of the action of living in or using a building or other place
Noun
Opposite of the state or fact of having or possessing something
Noun
Opposite of a country or area under the political control of another country
Noun
Opposite of possession of land or property as a tenant
Noun
Opposite of a period of time by which something is late or postponed
“As the timer ran down, he gobbled up his meal with extraordinary expedition to win first prize.”
Noun
Opposite of an authoritative decision or pronouncement, such as one made by a judge
Noun
Opposite of the act of retarding or delaying
Noun
Opposite of a company controlled by a holding company
Noun
Opposite of exclusive control over the trade or production of a commodity or service through exclusive possession
Noun
Opposite of an area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state
Noun
Opposite of a decision made, especially by a court or tribunal
“With the pressure on, the jury is gripped by indecision and descend into an argument.”
Noun
(usually "resources") Opposite of a stock or supply of assets that can be drawn on
Noun
Opposite of the punishment assigned to a defendant found guilty by a court for a particular offense
Noun
Opposite of something which has been acquired through buying or purchasing
“We apologize for your loss, but we cannot refund money for items that you have personally broken or misplaced.”
Noun
(usually used in plural form "valuables") Opposite of an item of great value
“His home had sadly burnt down but, at least, there was nothing but junk left behind and the insurance would cover most of it.”
Adjective
Opposite of able or designed to stick to things
Adjective
Opposite of filling a place
Adjective
Opposite of holding power temporarily
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