What is the opposite of repress?

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Opposite of to refrain from openly expressing or displaying
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Opposite of to defeat, subdue or overcome with superior strength
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Opposite of to restrain or repress, especially one's feelings, opinions or emotions
“He could ill afford to openly express his joy at Hedda's escape, as this surely would be looked upon by Gerhard as an act of treason.”
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Opposite of to make less powerful or intense, thereby easier to control
“In an ancient era, twin girls are raised as boys to prevent their wizard father from sacrificing them to intensify his supernatural powers.”
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Opposite of to overcome or bring under control
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Opposite of to put an end to something, especially one's ability to speak or express oneself
“His public transgressions will continue to occasion criticisms of his wild party ways.”
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Opposite of to restrain or to keep in check
Free yourself from the tyranny of emotional baggage, and you will be able to move on.”
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Opposite of to struggle against one's emotions
“She tried spiritedly to not succumb to the temptations of chocolate chip cookies.”
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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 be victorious over
“Cronos, the first powerful God who ruled the Heavens above, was warned by Gaia and Ouranos that someday he would be defeated by one of his own sons.”
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Opposite of to keep quiet about
“She threatens to come to the family house and expose their affair unless he meets her right away at a nearby gas station.”
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Opposite of try to forget
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Opposite of to forcibly impose obedience or servitude upon
“The benevolent administration would invigorate their citizens with a careful array of tax cuts and social benefits.”
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Opposite of to make unclear or difficult to understand
“Please clarify your reasoning behind your decision.”
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Opposite of to decrease or reduce in sensitivity
“If you quit smoking, you will probably resensitize your senses of taste and smell.”
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Opposite of to provide comfort or assuagement to
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Opposite of to make (someone or something) late or slow
“We should avoid taking shortcuts just to hasten the time it takes to reach our destination.”
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Opposite of to stop oneself from doing something
“Since nobody else would, he took it upon himself to initiate a conversation.”
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Opposite of to behave as if one is in control of
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Opposite of to punish (in order to bring about improvement in behavior, attitude, etc)
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(of an action or event) Opposite of to prevent from happening
“Despite the best efforts of the protestors, the politicians would expedite the ratification of the new law.”
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