What is the opposite of punish?

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Opposite of to penalize someone for wrongdoing
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Opposite of to punish or rebuke formally for an offense
“The Crown Prince presented the Emperor with a request to pardon criminals and heretics if the empress's life could be saved.”
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Opposite of to criticize or express strong disapproval of
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Opposite of to seek vengeance or retribution (from someone)
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Opposite of to wreak vengeance on
“I could forgive my father because all that hating would do would be to corrupt my own soul and make my life worse.”
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Opposite of to cause anguish or distress to
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Opposite of to inflict severe physical pain on
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Opposite of to issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
“The audits either rejected the inflated invoices or required the contractors to reimburse the money.”
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