What is the opposite of relax?

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Opposite of to rest or engage in an enjoyable activity so as to become less tired or anxious
“You need to take a chill pill because you stress too much!”
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Opposite of to make or become less taut or tight
“As the news became more evident, Grey felt his nerves tense, his fists tighten, and his breath become heavy.”
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Opposite of to calm down
“Sometimes I rile my son for fun, but he is a good sport about it.”
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(of a rule or restriction) Opposite of to make less strict
“We welcome the decision by the Gambling Commission to extend the ban on using credit cards for online gambling.”
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Opposite of to become less severe or intense
“In recent months the government has increased the economic siege on the island with the application of new sanctions that intensify the embargo in force.”
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Opposite of to relax or be at ease
“Sometimes, I exert myself to the point of exhaustion.”
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Opposite of relax after a period of work or tension
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Opposite of to go to sleep, or fall asleep
“We need to wake up early tomorrow to avoid missing our flight.”
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Opposite of lie exposed to warmth and light, typically from the sun, for relaxation and pleasure
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Opposite of to spend time in a relaxed, lazy manner
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Opposite of sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way
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(informal) Opposite of to relax or spend time doing nothing
“Let's do something this weekend since it's sunny.”
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Opposite of to use a narcotic in order to make (someone) drowsy or insensible
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Opposite of make or become mellow
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Opposite of to revoke or cancel
“The Ministry of Information deemed it could not impose a ban on the film because it did not pose a threat to national security.”
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Opposite of to remove the regulations, or legal restrictions, from
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Opposite of to stop proceedings, typically in relation to arduous activity
“After lunch, we will resume proceedings.”
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Opposite of to have a short rest period in one's work or studies, other activities
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Opposite of to take a short, typically five-minute, break from some activity
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Opposite of calm down
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Opposite of liberate or relax
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Opposite of to live or work less actively or intensely
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Opposite of to procrastinate or be lazy, especially with work or responsibilities
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Opposite of to stop pursuing or fighting
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Opposite of calm down
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Opposite of to power down
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Opposite of to be in, or to assume, a horizontal or resting position
Arise, my son, and witness our presence in the midst of your despair!”
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Opposite of to keep under control, especially something that is increasing in intensity or extremity
“He is the latest candidate to unleash his anger with raw and emotional language.”
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Opposite of to become calm or well-behaved
“The students were strangely subdued about their upcoming school excursion but would act up soon after.”
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