What is the opposite of pursue?

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Opposite of to follow or chase after
“At that point, Siringo was ordered to abandon the chase and proceed to Montana.”
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Opposite of to go in search of, especially on the trail of
“They will have to call off the search for tonight because the tide was coming in.”
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Opposite of to conduct or devote oneself to
“Feeling burnt out from his lengthy course, Harold would stop his studies and embark on a gap year and travel around South America.”
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Opposite of to have as one's goal
“If you don't understand one set of instructions, just abandon that whole track and get on with something a little easier.”
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Opposite of to investigate or delve into
“In light of the results of the local gendarmes' investigation, on Tuesday the public prosecutor decided to close the case.”
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Opposite of to seek a social or romantic alliance with
“Once I found out she had a partner, I would leave her be.”
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Opposite of to pursue in order to catch or catch up with
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Opposite of to chase or stalk with the intention of catching for killing
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Opposite of to pursue with an intent to catch
“Gunther would lead them on a wild goose chase.”
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Opposite of to harass, annoy, or cause trouble to (someone)
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Opposite of to make an effort at doing something
“Jack thought it was near impossible to climb the three-meter rope, and decided to bypass that obstacle.”
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Opposite of to flirt with, or attempt to win over, a romantic interest
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Opposite of to search for something
“Like fire in a dark tunnel, when you find true love, it will lighten up your heart.”
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(followed by for) Opposite of to look for or seek
“It took an enormous amount of effort to conceal the dwarf, but he was an important key in their plan for the takeover.”
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(of a quality of skill) Opposite of to foster the growth or development of
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Opposite of take action
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Opposite of to direct one's hopes or ambitions towards achieving something
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Opposite of to act on, or put into action, a request
“Your demands are unreasonable and I will do everything I can to repeal them.”
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Opposite of to act on an opportunity
“He would miss many golden opportunities that had been presented to him during his career because of his tunnel vision.”
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Opposite of concentrate on specific area
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Opposite of to search for something
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Opposite of to cause anguish or distress to
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Opposite of to try to acquire or gain
“When you obtain success, it is worth every bit of pain you endured along the way.”
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Opposite of to energetically devote, or begin devoting, effort to something
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Opposite of to pursue, typically in order to keep track of, or to apprehend, someone
“He would lead all others in the race by a substantial margin.”
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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 select as an object of attention or attack
“The disclosures prompted moves in his constituency to deselect him.”
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