What is the opposite of keeping?

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Noun
(carelessness) Opposite of the action or fact of owning, maintaining, or protecting something
Noun
(nonpossession) Opposite of the action or fact of owning, maintaining, or protecting something
Noun
Opposite of the state or fact of according with or meeting rules or standards
Noun
Opposite of consistency
Noun
Opposite of the protective care or guardianship of someone or something
Noun
Opposite of good form, order or condition
Noun
Opposite of the protective care or guardianship of someone or something
“More needs to be done about the neglect of children in foster care.”
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Opposite of protection from harm, damage, loss, or theft
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Opposite of the action of preserving something
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Opposite of the action of overseeing something
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Opposite of the act of abstaining from something, such as drinking alcohol
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Opposite of effective control over something
Noun
Opposite of the state of being protected, especially by someone or something serving as a guardian
“Chabert's regiment led a cavalry charge against the Russian attack and turned the tide of battle for Napoleon.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to put or store in a regular place
Discard any items you don't need to avoid clutter.”
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Opposite of present participle for to hold or maintain
“Please don't lose this heirloom as it means the world to me.”
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Opposite of present participle for to prevent or delay (from doing something)
“This new feature will help me to finish my work quicker.”
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Opposite of present participle for to act in accordance to the terms of
“He would later break his contract to join another organization.”
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Opposite of present participle for to continue or cause to continue in a specified condition, position or course
Pause for a second, and think about what you want to say next.”
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(of an expression) Opposite of present participle for to keep from exceeding an acceptable degree or level
“You could see that he was starting to lose his cool after making some uncharacteristic unforced errors.”
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Opposite of present participle for to continue doing or to do repeatedly
“Can you please stop chewing with your mouth open?”
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Opposite of present participle for to have as part of normal stock
“Our grocery store will generally disregard produce that is past the expiry date.”
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Opposite of present participle for to make a living for the benefit of others
“The presiding judge could not understand why a mother would choose to gamble her life savings and ignore her family's needs.”
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Opposite of present participle for to maintain by writing regular records in
“I remember reading the following verse in one of my workbooks at primary school and having to memorize it.”
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Opposite of present participle for to associate with
“Three former members would dissociate themselves from the controversial religious group.”
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(of food) Opposite of present participle for to stay fresh
“The spinach is going to spoil in three days, so use it while it is fresh.”
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(of animals) Opposite of present participle for to own and look after for pleasure or profit
“Sadly, the owners would decide to abandon their senior dog after their move.”
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Opposite of present participle for to keep (something) going
“It is high time we abandon this silly practice of howling at the moon.”
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(of a shop or business) Opposite of present participle for to own or manage
“After more than fifty years in the baking industry, Giuseppi would finally sell his patisserie.”
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Opposite of present participle for to protect or shield from harm or danger
“Poachers were planning to assault wildlife within the reserve.”
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Opposite of present participle for to celebrate or commemorate an occasion or its anniversary
“Rajesh comically notes that he would break the strict practice of not eating beef in order to enjoy American food.”
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