What is the opposite of root?

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Noun
Opposite of the part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support
Noun
Opposite of the basic cause, source, or origin of something
“Massive amounts of oil spilled into the ocean and damaged the wildlife and coastline as a consequence of his actions.”
Noun
Opposite of the principal aspect or dimension of something
“We have concentrated only on the periphery of the problem, and perhaps even tried to eliminate some of the symptoms, but the interference problem is still there.”
Noun
(roots) Opposite of one's family, ethnic, or cultural origins
“The obedience of Abraham was to sacrifice all that he possessed for the vague and distant prospect of future compensation to his posterity.”
Noun
Opposite of the basis or essence of something
Noun
Opposite of a place or process in which something originates or flourishes
Noun
Opposite of the central aspect of something an argument or consideration
“As a sidenote, I want to mention that this is no contradiction to McLuhan's famous statement.”
Noun
Opposite of an answer to a problem or puzzle
“He has been wracking his brain over this particular problem for hours.”
Noun
Opposite of the vital part or essence of something
“Welfare is no longer an auxiliary to the ongoing economic life of the people but has become almost their total economic existence.”
Noun
Opposite of a foundation or starting point for further work
Noun
Opposite of the principal aspect or dimension of something
“This distinction remains on the surface of the problem and does not contribute much to an understanding of the differences in the social development of feebleminded individuals.”
Noun
Opposite of the lowest part of something, especially the part on which it rests or is supported
“The Canyon Lands is a series of steep canyons, extending from the top of the shelf break through the slope to the abyssal plain.”
Verb
Opposite of to place, lay or set firmly in surrounding matter
“She scraped her flat shoes across the ground to dislodge any stale mud and walked to the center of the alley.”
Verb
(root for) Opposite of to declare enthusiastic approval or support of
“If they jeer you, it means they do not like you, and I am going to look for another team.”
Verb
Opposite of to rummage or search through
“He returned to his bunk in the barracks and began to arrange his clothes in the locker at the foot of his bed.”
Verb
Opposite of to plant or sow something
“It was accompanied by a rapid temperature drop and a squally wind change that was strong enough to uproot trees and unroof about 50 houses.”
Verb
(root out) Opposite of to remove, especially by digging out
“Over the years, I've learned to plant black radish after midsummer so it will not bolt to flower before forming a root.”
Verb
Opposite of to engage in carnal activity
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Opposite of to compress tightly into
Verb
Opposite of to physically place in a given location
“The tech company decided it would be prudent to leave Silicon Valley after many years of being established there.”
Verb
Opposite of to base on a principle, idea, feeling or physical matter
“Our company will oppose anything that contradicts our core principles.”
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Opposite of to enthusiastically applaud or approve of
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Opposite of to cause to fail, or to make great attempts to
“This alliance, the only one that seemed worthy of the emperors of the West, might facilitate his takeover of the Greek possessions of southern Italy.”
Verb
Opposite of to sow or place in one's consciousness
“We advise you to erase any preconceived notion of what the object is.”
Verb
(euphemistic) Opposite of to have physical or intimate relations with someone
“Our feelings have faded, we are further apart than ever and we avoid each other regularly.”
Verb
Opposite of to search or rummage through
Verb
Opposite of to cause to become tired, weary or fatigued
Verb
Opposite of to hold one's attention (with something fascinating)
Verb
Opposite of to remove or take out, especially by effort or force
“Use a utility knife or electric jigsaw and slowly insert the blade into the gourd.”
Adjective
Opposite of essential, as an element, principle, or law
“When you have to do it in your head, you have to get really to the heart of the matter and try to eliminate the inessential details.”
Adjective
Opposite of fundamental, inherent or central in nature
“Hickey theorized that humans have an underlying primary nature, as well as an opposing secondary nature.”
Adjective
Opposite of of key or significant importance
“His first major film was 1992's Scent of a Woman, in which he played a supporting role as a prep school student.”
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