What is the opposite of maintain?

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Opposite of to keep a particular state constant or consistent
“If we continue to undulate our consistency across the season proper, it will be a complete waste of a year.”
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Opposite of to keep the state of something or a place in good condition
“It is your duty of care to ensure that you do not damage the rented car.”
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Opposite of to defend something as true despite strong opposition or arguments to the contrary
“I totally repudiate all of my previously-stated ignorant, unfactual and ahistorical arguments.”
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Opposite of to state one's position, either in agreeance or opposition on a particular subject
“Some may disagree, but I think the former is a much stronger statement without the qualification.”
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Opposite of to keep alive or provide sustenance for
“The defendant chose to neglect his family, and deserves no sympathy from us.”
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(transitive) Opposite of to maintain or prolong
“Due to recent events, it has become necessary for us to suspend your credit card.”
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Opposite of to hold an opinion
“I doubt that the president should be spending so much time on social media.”
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Opposite of to maintain (something) in its original or existing state
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Opposite of to state with assurance that a report or fact is true
“Brad would deny all of the accusations that had been leveled against him.”
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Opposite of to pay the living expenses of
“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 support or strengthen
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Opposite of to hold on to or continue to have something, both physically or mentally
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Opposite of to keep in good condition
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Opposite of to preserve (something) by not expending or using it
“Susie loves to utilize her time by reading fantasy and science-fiction novels.”
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Opposite of to be living a particular way of life
“I shun the hectic life which is why I moved to the country.”
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Opposite of to maintain the focus or attention of others
“You will lose your audience if your speech is boring.”
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Opposite of hold and state as one's opinion
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Opposite of to be capable of supplying
“Unfortunately, based on our calculations, wind farms will be deficient for our total national energy requirement.”
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(adhere to) Opposite of to closely follow, observe, or represent
“You either choose to follow the teachings of your religion or ignore it entirely.”
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Opposite of to possess or be responsible for
“Without his equipment, he will lack the necessary tools and equipment to build and repair the unit.”
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Opposite of to contribute in some way to
“The wrong colors will certainly worsen the room's dullness.”
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(archaic) Opposite of to endure or tolerate
“Sadly, he will likely succumb to temptation yet again.”
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(of an automobile) Opposite of to have in one's possession for use
“If there was no signal from the rear window of the car, Peter was to drive on past the garage and discard the truck wherever it was convenient.”
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Opposite of to keep safe from harm, injury or extinction
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Opposite of to give steadfast support to
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(of a shop or business) Opposite of 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 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 to make stable
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(with object) Opposite of to say something in order to convey information or to express a feeling
“He acknowledged that he had an immediate gut reaction to government requests for the media to withhold information.”
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Opposite of to persist steadfastly in pursuit of a goal, especially despite challenges
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Opposite of persevere with
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Opposite of to protect the state of someone or something
“This project has been set up to undermine the opposition's efforts to enact their policies.”
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Opposite of to have someone over at one's home for a party or visit
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(with clause) Opposite of to believe without reason
“I reject the ridiculous idea that this earth may actually be flat.”
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Opposite of provide with money for a particular purpose
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Opposite of to remain in existence, or in the same state, indefinitely or for an extended period
“The movie would end abruptly as Tarzan became a snack for some emotionally underdeveloped but visually alert predator who lacked a feelings-oriented adviser.”
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