What is the opposite of stop?

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Opposite of to cause to come to an end
“We've idled for long enough and it is time to start work again.”
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Opposite of to cease to perform a specified action
“After fully recovering from tendonitis, I could continue running as I did before.”
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Opposite of to drive or move into a given place or location
“We need to take off quickly after I do my shopping in case they change their minds on the discounts they've given me.”
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(of an event, action, or process) Opposite of to come to an end or cease to occur
“Jim's questioning of the president would continue despite the fact that he was asked to stop with his badgering.”
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Opposite of to close or block an opening
“He tried to clear his blocked pipes with a plunger.”
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Opposite of to prevent or dissuade someone from engaging in an activity
“She would encourage her husband to eat plenty of vegetables because it was good for his health.”
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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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Opposite of to refuse to provide (as per usual)
“Billy's parents would overlook his misbehavior and supply his weekly pocket money to him regardless.”
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Opposite of to pause and deliberate
“We don't have time to think. Let's just rush into it!”
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Opposite of to achieve victory over
“They were a weak team and would lose to virtually every team they played against.”
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Opposite of to cause to fail
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Opposite of to be victorious over
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Opposite of to end or draw to a close
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Opposite of to give up or abstain from something
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Opposite of to stop operating
“You will need some batteries to get that little engine to work.”
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Opposite of to come to an end or conclusion
“The footage will start in a few minutes!”
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Opposite of to discontinue or no longer provide (something previously supplied or offered)
“While forgiveness might be good for the soul, it needs both sides to proffer that olive branch.”
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Opposite of to summon or signal (to someone or a vehicle)
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Opposite of to stop or keep from happening or continuing
“Drive carefully. We don't want to cause an accident.”
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Opposite of to plug or stuff a hole or empty space with something
“Edna agreed to slip the goblet into her purse if I could empty the glass.”
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Opposite of to grab (someone), usually aggressively, to stop them or bring them to ground
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Opposite of to make impossible to happen
“This year the Summer Exhibition will include some unexpected kinds of drawings.”
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Opposite of to prevent or protect (something) from being destroyed
“He would inevitably lose his hat when the wind swept it from his head.”
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Opposite of a halt in movement or operation
“The IOC president would officially announce the commencement of the Olympic games.”
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Opposite of a break during a journey
“The continuation of our hike would recommence after our lunch at the lake.”
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(pull out all the stops) Opposite of that which makes movement or progress difficult
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Opposite of a person or thing that obstructs
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Opposite of a situation or condition in which there is no movement or activity at all
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Opposite of a period of staying somewhere, especially as a visitor or guest
“A sudden storm arose forcing a hurried departure from the island.”
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