What is the opposite of overwhelm?

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Opposite of to defeat completely
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Opposite of have a strong emotional effect on
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Opposite of bury or drown beneath a huge mass of something, especially water
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Opposite of to conquer or be victorious over
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Opposite of to hold or engage the attention of
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Opposite of to be victorious over
“It was maddening to see skiers I knew to be playing fair, guys who trained their hearts out with little financial reward, lose to the cheaters.”
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Opposite of to overwhelm (with large quantities of something to be dealt with)
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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 overwhelm with an excessive amount of something
“As it was, I spent a good deal of time trying to uninvolve myself from my studies.”
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Opposite of to inundate or submerge, especially in water
“The Act provides for water easements that enable a holder of a water abstraction permit to bring water to or drain water from his land.”
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Opposite of to take violent or aggressive action against
“He executed an upper block to defend a hit and counter-attacked with a reverse punch.”
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(of a feeling) Opposite of to completely preoccupy the mind of (someone)
“He now runs a one-man firm out of a downtrodden office block and takes on cases that bore him.”
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Opposite of to overawe someone, especially with words or facts they may not fully comprehend
“In attempting to elucidate the significance of this paradox, I want to proceed carefully.”
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Opposite of to overwhelm with emotion
“He grew more distant towards the family that abandoned him, and news of his ex-wife's cancer diagnosis unaffected him.”
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Opposite of to influence, usually emotionally
“You almost have to desensitize yourself to the madness just to stay sane.”
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Opposite of to make a strong, lasting, or favorable impression on
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Opposite of to discourage or overwhelm
“She says my goals and aspirations inspire her, and frankly, I want to be worthy of her admiration.”
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Opposite of to subjugate or bring a person or group under control
“Daenerys Targaryen led a military campaign to liberate the enslaved populace of Slaver's Bay.”
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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 destroy, weaken or work against
“The increasingly alienating events in the years and decades to follow did nothing but strengthen their cause.”
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Opposite of to overwhelm with large amounts or quantities
“They put Charlie in a large cell and then deprive him of food for days at a time, periodically giving him water to keep him alive.”
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Opposite of to forcibly relieve a monarch of the monarchy
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Opposite of to hold or engage the attention of
“I managed to maintain a controlled line but the headache and dizziness were starting to distract me.”
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Opposite of to engulf or swallow up
“The fog would eventually clear after our car was earlier enveloped it.”
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Opposite of to cause to fail
“He desperately needed money to pay for his wars and to aid his campaign to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the pope.”
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