What is the opposite of punish?

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Opposite of penalize for wrongdoing
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.”
Opposite of to criticize or reprimand (someone) severely
“I'd like to praise the magnificent behavior of the pupils who handled themselves very well.”
Opposite of punish, especially by beating
Opposite of to punish or reprimand (someone) for a fault or crime
“It is good practice to compliment a child when they have displayed good and honest behavior.”
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.”
Opposite of to cause anguish or distress to
Opposite of inflict severe pain on
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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