What is the opposite of play?

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Opposite of to engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation
“It was difficult to watch him toil away while I was enjoying a glass of Mojito.”
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(sports) Opposite of to compete against
“She was excited to partner with her longtime culinary idol in a cookoff against one of the best chefs in the country.”
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Opposite of to participate in a game
“I was starting to get quite aggrieved at her for constantly wanting to ruin our game.”
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Opposite of to act or perform a portrayal of
“When they finally got the man they wanted to direct the trilogy, they were over the moon.”
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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 deal with (something), usually effectively
“Despite the delay, the major car manufacturer would openly declare that they did not mishandle their launch campaign.”
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(colloquial) Opposite of to deceive someone
“I can always trust my accountant to be honest with me.”
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(based on instrument used) Opposite of to produce music
“I may casually listen to heavy metal though I'm not an ardent fan of this genre.”
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(based on the game being played) Opposite of to strike a ball as part of a game
“It is best to retain the ball if you cannot see an open player.”
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Opposite of to imitate (someone or their actions or words), especially in order to entertain or ridicule
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Opposite of to move about or around quickly and randomly
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Opposite of to bet money or something else in a gamble
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Opposite of to risk a sum of money or valued item on a given outcome or event
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Opposite of to put on a public performance
“The artist would cancel his scheduled performance after coming down with an illness.”
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Opposite of to make a false show or pretense of
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Opposite of to convince or manipulate
“The convenient rationalization that our weapons potpourri will confuse the enemy into fear of misbehaving is absurd and threatening.”
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Opposite of play or move about in a cheerful and lively way
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Opposite of to perform a show or in a show
“The musician would rest in between shows by visiting the beautiful northern beaches.”
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Opposite of to pretend or make a show of
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(engage in) Opposite of to participate or become involved in
“As it was, I spent a good deal of time trying to remove myself whenever the filming took place.”
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Opposite of to fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner
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(masquerade as) Opposite of to pretend to be someone one is not
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Opposite of to perform a fictitious role
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Opposite of lounge around
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Opposite of to handle or operate something
“I hope they will be careful with the pianos and not mishandle them and get them out of tune.”
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Opposite of relax after a period of work or tension
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Opposite of to relax or take time out
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Opposite of to take charge of, or to make decisions about
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Opposite of to flicker or ripple over something
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Opposite of to stake (an amount of money) in a bet
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Opposite of to deal with (something) effectively or skillfully
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Opposite of to emit or cause to emit sound
“Katie had to wait for the bell to quieten before she could speak to her students.”
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(in an activity) Opposite of to take part or involve oneself
“Consumers can boycott retail establishments that have poor safety records or that clearly lack safeguards to prevent harm.”
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Opposite of to move from place to place
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Opposite of to take part in an activity in a casual, nonserious or superficial way
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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 devote effort to something
“Your body will suffer if you neglect good eating habits.”
Noun
Opposite of activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children
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“He was largely engaged with work and thus, could not make his son's baseball game in time.”
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Opposite of the state of being active, operative, or effective
“The inactivity of the marketing department is starting to become a significant expense for the company.”
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Opposite of the space in or through which a mechanism can or does move
“She criticized the narrowness of the parking spaces at this key central location.”
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Opposite of a cunning ploy or trick with a particular goal or aim
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Opposite of a play, broadcast or presentation for theatre, radio, or television
“The show was a comedy about nothing.”
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Opposite of the state of being executed, utilized, or put into operation
“He put his plans on hold, thinking there was no rush to move back to London.”
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Opposite of an organized activity involving a number of people
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Opposite of the action of putting something into operation
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Opposite of a secret plot, typically devious in nature
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Opposite of a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending
“For the first time in a long while, I actually went to see a play billed as a comedy that made me laugh out loud.”
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Opposite of a undertaking, typically one that involves risk
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Opposite of the capacity to bend or stretch under pressure
“The carpenters applied additional laths to ensure the structure's rigidity.”
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