What is the opposite of oppress?

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Opposite of to put down or control by cruelty or force
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Opposite of cause distress or anxiety to
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Opposite of to mistreat or do an injustice to
“The virtuous thing to do is to right your wrongs.”
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Opposite of to cause unease in one's mental state
“The support of friends and family would help to comfort her during her time of distress.”
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Opposite of to treat someone badly, cruelly or unkindly
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Opposite of to exert influence over or dictate the outcome of
“I think it is time I surrender my hold on this domain and acknowledge defeat.”
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Opposite of to weaken someone's morale over a long period
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Opposite of to cause anguish or distress to
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Opposite of to have power and influence over
“After three straight weeks with poor performances, the young gun continues to struggle at the elite level of the sport.”
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Opposite of to behave as if one is in control of
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Opposite of to overcome with emotion or stress
“With thirty seconds to go, and the game all but won, I could finally relax.”
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Opposite of to violently subdue (opposition or a rebellion)
“Fearful that the right planned to establish a fascist state, socialists rose up in the mining districts of Asturias only to be defeated by the army under the supervision of General Franco.”
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Opposite of to put a damper on one's mood or enthusiasm
“You need a nice, relaxing holiday to raise your spirits.”
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Opposite of to act in a bossy manner with another person, ordering them to do things, whether or not one is actually their superior
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Opposite of to verbally criticize harshly, especially with insulting language
“We've come a long, long way together, through the hard times and the good. I have to celebrate you, baby. I have to praise you like I should.”
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Opposite of to effectively force (someone) to do something
“After some failed attempts to coax Charlie into testifying, they would leave alone their only witness and lament their losing case.”
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