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
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Opposite of to make less taut or tight
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Opposite of to calm down
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Opposite of to relax or be at ease
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Opposite of relax after a period of work or tension
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Opposite of to be in a state of sleep
“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 sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way
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Opposite of to make or become less
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Opposite of to administer a tranquillizer to (a person or animal)
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Opposite of to revoke or cancel
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Opposite of make or become mellow
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Opposite of to make more bearable or less severe
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Opposite of to remove the regulations, or legal restrictions, from
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Opposite of engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation
“It was difficult to watch him toil away while I was enjoying a glass of Mojito.”
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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 use a narcotic in order to make (someone) drowsy or insensible
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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 get a grip on yourself
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Opposite of calm down
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Opposite of liberate or relax
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Opposite of to remove the stiffness from
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Opposite of to live or work less actively or intensely
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Opposite of work slowly or lazily
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Opposite of to stop pursuing or fighting
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Opposite of to decrease in amount or degree
“It would be hazardous for your health if you increase the number of cigarettes you smoke daily.”
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Opposite of calm down
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Opposite of to power down
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Opposite of to become still and orderly
“The students were strangely subdued about their upcoming school excursion but would act up soon after.”
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