What is the opposite of press?

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Opposite of to move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force
“I pull the screw out of my leg, angrily looking around for whom or what to blame.”
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Opposite of to compress, crush or squeeze something, altering its shape in the process
“Use your fingers to stretch and pull the dough to one end of the table, but take care not to rip the dough.”
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Opposite of to flatten or smooth out by applying pressure or heat
“I crumple my pants into a ball and lie down, knowing that sleep will quiet my mind.”
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Opposite of to force items into a compressed space
“Luckily, I was able to fit everything into the box.”
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Opposite of to crowd or gather together
“The police would fire teargas canisters into the crowd who would quickly disperse.”
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Opposite of to hold close (within one's arms)
“I watched enough Oprah reruns when I was pregnant to know that she'll push you away before you push her away.”
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Opposite of to squeeze someone or something with one's hand
“Terry wheezed as Harry didn't release the pressure of his grip against his throat.”
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Opposite of to plead or put forward strongly
“Should these dealers for any reason decide to abandon their request for the service, the money deposited by them in the fund would be returned.”
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Opposite of to ask for something, especially earnestly or forcefully
“I would strongly discourage you from using your general counsel to negotiate a New York City office lease.”
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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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Opposite of to emphasize, stress, or indicate the importance of
“Even in the scene where he appears majestic, Ellison uses the comic to downplay his regality.”
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Opposite of to encourage or incite the development or occurrence of
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Opposite of to suffocate a person's space as if to coerce them to do something
“He tried his best to make conversation but would relent when it became obvious she wasn't interested.”
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Opposite of to crush or reduce to fine particles
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Opposite of to put into italics
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Opposite of to appropriate or lay claim to something for oneself without right
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Opposite of to facilitate or accelerate the progress of
“It will be a remarkable achievement for the State, which has a persisting tendency to delay projects.”
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Opposite of to persuade someone to do something
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Opposite of to reduce in size by compressing
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Opposite of to take, claim or use for one's own benefit, usually without the owner's consent
“After much protest, the council decided to relinquish the bushland.”
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Opposite of to compress tightly into
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Opposite of to compress or cram items, especially to fit into a container
Distribute the items uniformly in the box so that it closes comfortably without crushing or breaking the contents inside.”
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Opposite of to coerce into doing something using intimidatory tactics
“The overall goal of disaster response sheltering is to encourage people to evacuate in order to prevent loss of human life.”
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Opposite of to squeeze or pack tightly into a specified space
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Opposite of to free from breaks, curves, or bumps
“Equipment like discs and harrows can be used to roughen the texture of the soil on a slope.”
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Opposite of to cause (someone) pain, suffering or distress
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Opposite of to emphasize, stress, or indicate the importance of
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(formal) Opposite of to submit (a charge or a piece of information) for consideration
“The main witness of the prosecution decided to withdraw his testimony, explaining that he had implicated Pichugin at the investigator's request.”
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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 make an inquiry
“Steven would answer whenever the detectives queried him about his whereabouts on that fateful evening.”
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Opposite of to push or thrust out
“Theoretically, it is simple to just pull the rope through the anchor.”
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Opposite of to cause someone to do something, usually against their inclinations
“My parents would ask me nicely to practice the violin when I was younger.”
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Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“Scanlan does not attempt to excuse the disturbing character of some of Dostoevsky's rhetoric, though he does note that the novelist does not seek to attack their civil liberties.”
Noun
Opposite of coverage in media
“Information suppression and opinion monopoly are used by all totalitarian political systems for the purpose of perpetrating their immoral rule.”
Noun
Opposite of a large, densely packed crowd of people or animals
“There were a few of them standing in front of the facade.”
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Opposite of a group of people assembled together in a disorganized manner
“It can only be described as an utter failure that only one individual turned up to the show.”
Noun
Opposite of a large, densely packed crowd of people or animals
Noun
Opposite of a large number of people or things doing or undergoing the same thing
Noun
Opposite of a brace, band, or clasp for strengthening or holding things together
Noun
Opposite of a large, densely packed crowd of people or animals
“A small group of troublemakers were making their way into town.”
Noun
Opposite of an general act of touching someone or something
“He suspected something was amiss when he saw the recoil of her hand.”
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Opposite of excessive haste
Noun
Opposite of a state of being forced into a small or restricted space
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Opposite of a large number of people or things
Noun
Opposite of the giving out of information about a product, person, or company for advertising or promotional purposes
Adjective
Opposite of of or relating to an advertising promotion
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