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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(of a vehicle) Opposite of to cease the movement of
“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 stop operating
“You will need some batteries to get that little engine to work.”
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Opposite of prevent activity from going on
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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
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Opposite of to ensure the safety of; to keep from harm
“He loosened and then retightened his grip on the sword's decorative hilt, readying himself to attack those who threatened to harm him.”
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Opposite of to stay in the same place, position or level that one is presently occupying
Noun
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
Noun
Opposite of a person or thing that obstructs
Noun
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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Opposite of a cessation from motion or progress
“Should the danger signal appear while an exercise is in progress, the entire command will be halted, and the movement resumed when the danger signal is removed.”
Noun
Opposite of an interruption of continuity or uniformity
“The seamlessness during the upgrading of operating systems is unlike any of its predecessors.”
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