What is the opposite of lay?

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Opposite of to position or place something in a particular place or spot
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Opposite of to present or put forward
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Opposite of to inflict or impose, especially a charge or penalty
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Opposite of to assign responsibility or attribution to
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Opposite of to bury in a grave
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Opposite of to position or place something in a particular place or spot
“Callie, did you move my keys? I have to get to work!”
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Opposite of to engage in carnal activity
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Opposite of to fix or put into place
“Unscrew the two bolts that hold the slot bracket and then carefully remove the graphics card.”
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Opposite of to bet money or something else in a gamble
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Opposite of to gamble on the outcome of a game, race or event
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Opposite of to issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
“This follows further advice from the Chief Medical Officers, who now collectively agree that it is possible to lift the ban on retail sales.”
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Opposite of to bring forward into existence or to introduce
“I question the validity of Superman's ability to conceal his identity solely behind a pair of glasses.”
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Opposite of to put or place something in a given location or position
“She would take a ruler and measure its length exactly.”
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Opposite of to allocate or assign to
“Instead of revealing the name of the culprit, Raja decided to take the fall for the mistake.”
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To set (something) down heavily or unceremoniously
“The waiter would then plump a huge plateful of sizzling ribs in front of Lili.”
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Opposite of to place or leave something at a given place or location
“You can collect the car once servicing has been completed.”
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(of an abstract quality) Opposite of to assign to someone or something
“Stephanie would misplace her trust in her shady lawyer who then went on to lose her lawsuit against Donny.”
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Opposite of to put a layer of (something) on a surface
“He pointed to a spot on the weapon's surface which had been worn down a bit, as if someone had tried to scrape something off the surface.”
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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 make or get ready
“Is it possible for you to rearrange your schedule so that you can perform most of your specific tasks at the time of day that you are most energized?”
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Opposite of to create or prepare methodically
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Opposite of to issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
“The unions hailed the decision as a victory and called on the trusts to abolish the charges permanently.”
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Opposite of to prepare oneself
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Opposite of to regard something as being caused by
“Pattern evidence was used by forensic scientists to dissociate the involvement of the suspect from the crime.”
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Opposite of to gamble (money or something else of value) on the outcome of an event
“I do not think I am a lucky person, and besides, I would rather save my money than gamble it.”
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Opposite of to put into order or make ready
“Some librarians, chiefly from a defect in their system, wish to disturb the arrangement of their books by placing newly acquired volumes among the old.”
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Opposite of to gamble
“Jarrod is the kind of guy who likes to play it safe.”
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Opposite of to issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
“Richard was to give four major castles to Philip and pay the cost of garrisoning them, along with other compensation.”
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Opposite of to express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something
“So keep your chin up, dig into work and rejoice in the fact that the weekend is almost here.”
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Opposite of to attribute or ascribe (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
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Opposite of to attribute or ascribe a property, quality or value to someone or something
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Opposite of to move something to a lower level
“Ensure you bend your knees before you lift anything heavy to prevent any injuries to your back.”
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Opposite of to seize and hold firmly
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Opposite of to prepare oneself
“There are no circumstances in life so afflicting as entirely to unprepare a man to meet death with resignation.”
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Opposite of to make or give a flat and even surface to
“First, you take an abrasive pad and roughen the material to provide a better gluing surface.”
Adjective
Opposite of not having professional qualifications or expert knowledge, especially in law or medicine
Adjective
Opposite of not ordained into or belonging to the clergy
Adjective
(of cultural activities or products) Opposite of designed with the intention to suit the taste of the general public rather than specialists or intellectuals
“Their activity sections are supposedly quite highbrow, but they still have lots of popular things to do.”
Adjective
Opposite of of secular as opposed to spiritual or religious affairs
Adjective
Opposite of done only for recreational purposes and without payment
Noun
Opposite of a song, melody, or short musical composition
Noun
Opposite of a job or profession
Noun
Opposite of a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition
“The script itself could almost read as a short story, and lexically, Walsh hasn't shied an inch.”
Noun
Opposite of a composition, typically with rhythm, lyrics or singing
Noun
Opposite of an illegal or dishonest scheme
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