What is the opposite of return?

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Opposite of to come, or go, back to a place or person
“Jon Snow would depart the North Wall to seek out Mance Rayder, the leader of the wildlings.”
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Opposite of to occur or happen again
“We really need the problem to disappear once and for all.”
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(keep) Opposite of to put or send back
“The DVD is not due back for another week, so you can continue to keep it.”
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(take) Opposite of to put or send back
“Sir, I'm going to need to take your phone.”
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Opposite of to pay back money owed
“Seriously, how much did you pay for this coffee machine?”
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Opposite of to repay with something of equivalent value
“What an ungrateful wretch to ignore the favor that you had bestowed upon him.”
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Opposite of to earn or produce as revenue
“They would rather squander inordinate sums of money on futile projects.”
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Opposite of to speak or write in reaction to a question, or to another reaction
“When I began to question him about his unsavory past, he merely rolled his eyes in contempt.”
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Opposite of to go back to a previous, and usually lower or unwanted, state or level
“Novak continues to evolve his game, and many pundits predict that he will ultimately surpass Roger as the greatest of all time.”
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(tennis) Opposite of to bat the ball back over the net in response to a serve
“Maria took a wild swing at the ball, but would ultimately miss and lose the point.”
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Opposite of to earn through work or effort
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Opposite of to bounce back through the air after hitting something hard
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(of light or an image) Opposite of to bend back or mirror
“The choroid must present a coating black enough to absorb the rays that pass through it.”
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Opposite of to return to the starting point
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Opposite of to choose or decide
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Opposite of to catch or stop (the ball) and return it
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Opposite of give back responsibility
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Opposite of to earn through work or effort
“Players are advised that if they cheat, they forfeit their participation.”
Noun
Opposite of an act of repeating, or going back to, an earlier state or situation
“The departure from a democratic political system has plunged the country into anarchy and chaos.”
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Opposite of an act of coming back from a bad situation
“The deterioration in his health is causing him to seriously contemplate retirement.”
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Opposite of a profit from an investment
“The loss from this investment will be difficult to make up.”
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Opposite of something said or written in reaction, especially to a question
“When I approached him with a question about his business, he smiled and answered enthusiastically.”
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Opposite of an act of coming or going back to a place or activity
“Sir Argyle's departure from the Kingdom was abrupt but not unexpected.”
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Opposite of the action of returning something
“The removal of an ancient relic would trigger the release a giant boulder that began rolling towards Indiana.”
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Opposite of a ticket which allows someone to travel to a place and back again
“He only had enough to buy a single to the city for the time being.”
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Opposite of an official report or statement submitted in response to a formal demand
“If you lodge a request for your medical records, you should be provided with that information within seven days.”
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Opposite of an increase in wealth or resources
“Financial loss is inevitable if one is not prudent with their spendings.”
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Opposite of a thing of value given to recognize a particular deed
“His case will be heard by a three-member disciplinary commission, which will judge the case and assess the penalty.”
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Opposite of the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner
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Opposite of a result or outcome, especially from work or activity
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Opposite of the reason for which something or someone is used or suited for
“The uselessness of the company's health and safety policy has caused many to lose faith in their products.”
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Opposite of the reinstatement of a previous practice, right, or situation
“The English developed a sugar plantation system that thrived until the abolition of slavery when the system collapsed.”
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Opposite of something achieved through effort
“The failure of another Grand Slam campaign can only be put down to his lack of effort and passion for the game.”
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Opposite of an action of regressing, a return to a previous state
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Opposite of revenge exacted for an insult, injury, or other wrong
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Opposite of the revitalization or revival of something
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Opposite of the action of regaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt
“The abandonment of goods and personal belongings is typical in these cases.”
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Opposite of money that is gained or acquired
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Opposite of rude answer
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Opposite of repeated happening
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Opposite of a discount or refund provided to a purchaser
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Opposite of something, typically money, awarded in exchange for goods or services
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Opposite of a printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted
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Opposite of a joke, typically a critical or unkind one
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