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Opposite of to exert force or pressure on
“Her school bag was so heavy that she had to place it on the ground and pull it all the way to the car.”
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Opposite of to demand earnestly or pressingly
“The doctor would deter my efforts to pursue a sporting profession due to how prone I am to injury.”
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Opposite of to promote the use, sale, or acceptance of
“The supermarket has decided to pull some of its products from the shelves.”
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Opposite of to move or proceed onward
“Unsu was given orders to retreat when many of his men had fallen during the Battle of Seimor.”
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(of a button on a device or machine) Opposite of to press down on
“Do not release the lever until our knights have entered the castle through the gates!”
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Opposite of to move past someone or something with force
“Sarah had to wait until the crowd dispersed before she could proceed to take a photo with one of her idols.”
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Opposite of to suffuse with vigor, life, energy, or spirit
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(a product, organization, or venture) Opposite of to market, or give publicity in an attempt to sell or create public awareness
“The actor used his time on the show to criticize the other movies instead of promoting his own.”
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Opposite of to make heavy demands on
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Opposite of to move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force
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Opposite of to inflict emotional or physical harm or distress upon
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Opposite of to push steadily downward or against with some force
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Opposite of to struggle tenaciously to achieve something
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Opposite of to come, go, or move somewhere rapidly or in a forceful way
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Opposite of to advertize or create publicity for
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Opposite of to fill by crowding something into
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Opposite of to instruct or urge (someone) to do something
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Opposite of to poke (at) something roughly or quickly
“She would touch him suggestively, but he was completely oblivious to her advances.”
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Opposite of to coerce into doing something using intimidatory tactics
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Opposite of to move or proceed further along a course
“You must remain in this location until you have been given directions to next safehouse.”
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Opposite of to give (someone) orders in a domineering manner
“I serve my master, but I am not compelled to spend the night parleying with his lacqueys.”
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Opposite of upsell
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Opposite of to strive in pursuit of a goal
“I would idle rather than devoting time to learning Japanese, and therefore I never mastered it.”
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Opposite of to develop gradually
“Within the extreme conditions of total war, the whole of society can retrogress to a primitive state.”
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Opposite of draw or push out
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Opposite of to thrust a pointed object into something
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Opposite of to change, progress, or develop in a specified way
“He said problems of competitiveness would also severely constrain the small industry sector, which he feared would stagnate.”
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Opposite of to crowd or gather together
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Opposite of an act of pushing someone or something in order to move them away from oneself
“She gave him a tug to indicate that she wanted his attention, but he refused to draw his eyes away from the game unfolding on the television.”
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Opposite of a special effort exerted towards a particular goal
“Due to the controversy, there was genuine hesitation by the team to release the film to the public.”
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Opposite of a determination or effort (to do something)
“His announcement that he would run for President would be met with surprising indifference.”
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Opposite of flair, zest, or vitality
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Opposite of a military strike or incursion
“They made their retreat when the local tribes began to show some aggression.”
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Opposite of an organized course of action to achieve a goal
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Opposite of a belief that one supports
“Your actions have a sense of purposelessness that I find difficult to swallow.”
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Opposite of ardor or zeal inspired by passion or enthusiasm
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Opposite of something that arouses activity or energy in someone or something
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Opposite of a vigorous campaign for political, social, or religious change
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Opposite of an attacking military campaign
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Opposite of a push from below
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Opposite of something which acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity
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Opposite of a hope or ambition of achieving something
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Opposite of a forceful rush or flow forward
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Opposite of a piece of publicity promoting a product, event, or establishment
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Opposite of the act of physically lowering something
“If the elevation of the weight does nothing, then something might be broken.”
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