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 give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory
“The law provides for the reduction of penalties, as long as the taxpayer will agree to fully accept the charges laid.”
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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 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 to strengthen or provide support to
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Opposite of to hold on to or continue to have something, both physically or mentally
“Is it unfair to describe him as something of a megalomaniac, where even allowing for his enormous contribution he appears to refuse to even partially relinquish his power?”
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Opposite of to maintain in a good state or condition
“One wonders why some people can squander resources on moondust while others live in wretched housing.”
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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 maintain, prolong, or keep something going
“The sooner they are rooted out and dealt with the sooner we may be able to curtail what is now a worrying trend.”
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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 to preserve from extinction or oblivion
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Opposite of hold and state as one's opinion
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Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“Consequently, they tried to develop new forms of ethnographic representations or even abandon the notion of representation as a whole.”
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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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Opposite of to keep (something) going
“It is high time we abandon this silly practice of howling at the moon.”
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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 harbor feelings or thoughts
“Funny how the mind works, that I could so quickly forget the love I had for my sport and how far it had taken me.”
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(archaic) Opposite of to endure or tolerate
“Sadly, he will likely succumb to temptation yet again.”
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Opposite of to direct, handle, control, or be in charge of
“His chief defect was his forgetfulness and absence of mind, which made him mismanage important business.”
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Opposite of to keep safe from harm, injury or extinction
“The construction of a new or improved highway would further endanger the existence of those species with habitats located in the path of development.”
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Opposite of to support the weight of
“The carriages will break under the weight of all that we're taking with us to Mount Vernon.”
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Opposite of to show steadfast support for
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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 make a living for the benefit of others
“The deadbeat father was known to regularly neglect his family and children.”
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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 persevere with
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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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