What is the opposite of rest?

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Noun
(activity) Opposite of an instance or period of resting
“The pain was so severe that I was not able to engage in any activity for a while.”
Noun
(alertness) Opposite of an instance or period of resting
“Ryan told Rex to keep his alertness during the night by taking power naps.”
Noun
Opposite of the remaining (other) people or things
“The enlisted men making up the core of the group were temporarily picked from rifle companies.”
Noun
Opposite of a motionless state
“It is technologically feasible to design vehicles so that doors cannot be opened when the vehicle is in motion.”
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Opposite of a pause or interval
“The manager told him that he needed more continuity in his work, and not to work at two speeds. Slow, and stop!”
Noun
Opposite of the removal of stress or discomfort
“I always felt guilty for burdening him with my past, and he didn't need any more stress in his life.”
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Opposite of the cessation of life and all associated processes
“Lachie and Mary, though fatigued and mentally drained, were absolutely chuffed with the birth of their twin daughters.”
Noun
Opposite of the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled
Noun
Opposite of a small amount of something that remains after the main part has gone or been taken or used
Noun
Opposite of a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
Noun
Opposite of a part or quantity that is left after the greater part has been used, removed, or destroyed
Noun
Opposite of a short pause in work or during an activity or event
“The resumption of work will begin half an hour from now.”
Noun
Opposite of the alleviation of a disease's symptoms without a cure
Noun
Opposite of an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling
Noun
Opposite of the lowest part of something, especially the part on which it rests or is supported
Noun
Opposite of a break from work
“The weekend is over, and it's now time to get back to work.”
Noun
Opposite of freedom from worries or problems
Noun
Opposite of the result of the subtraction of one number or quantity from another
“Just give me the total of the financing charges.”
Noun
Opposite of a structure that complements or supplements something else
“Before induction into a specific branch of the armed forces, recruits undergo at least nine weeks of basic military training.”
Noun
Opposite of an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one involving travel
Verb
Opposite of to relax or be at ease
“Sometimes, I exert myself to the point of exhaustion.”
Verb
Opposite of to cease or cause to cease from motion or exertion
“Can you please continue after your lunch break?”
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Opposite of to place for support or steadying
“The waitress came along and told the woman to ask her son to remove his feet from the chair and put them on the floor.”
Verb
(rest on/upon) Opposite of to be based on
“Morality must be independent of the character of the race.”
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Opposite of to be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position
“His hands came out of his pockets to hang at his sides.”
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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.”
Verb
Opposite of lie down in rest
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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!”
Verb
Opposite of to use as a basis for
Verb
Opposite of relax after a period of work or tension
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Opposite of found or base something on
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Opposite of to put or place something in a given location or position
“She would take a ruler and measure its length exactly.”
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Opposite of to physically remain or stay at a given place for a period of time
“You can leave once the paintings have been picked up.”
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Opposite of to position or place something in a particular place or spot
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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 place or leave something at a given place or location
“You can collect the car once servicing has been completed.”
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Opposite of to remain in a given situation or state
“He would abandon his post as Governor after his position was made untenable.”
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Opposite of to delay action until a particular time or event
“Once this acclimation takes place, you may begin your object observation.”
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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!”
Verb
Opposite of to be situated
“Unless an initiative is taken the buildings will eventually disappear or there will be little option but to demolish them and start again from scratch.”
Verb
Opposite of to prop up
“I will lift my tired legs from this couch once they are fully rested.”
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