What is the opposite of protect?

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Opposite of to keep from harm, or to ensure the safety of
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“He loosened and then retightened his grip on the sword's decorative hilt, readying himself to attack those who threatened to harm him.”
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Opposite of to look after or take special care of
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Opposite of to keep apart or isolate from others
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Opposite of to place something over or upon, as to conceal or protect
“Cover and cook for one minute, then uncover and add the asparagus peas or mangetouts.”
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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 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 hold as sacred
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(archaic) Opposite of to grant some particular exemption to
“The Government invited industries and institutions to provide quality medical service because it did not want to burden people with more taxes.”
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Opposite of to vigorously support or defend the cause of
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Opposite of to protect the state of someone or something
“This project has been set up to undermine the opposition's efforts to enact their policies.”
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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 protect oneself against loss on (a bet or investment) by making balancing or compensating transactions
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Opposite of to take care of temporarily
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Opposite of to protect with cushioning
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Opposite of to give an alibi to
“The employee is then arrested and is urged to inform on his corrupt boss.”
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