What is the opposite of sustain?

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Opposite of to maintain, prolong, or keep something going
“The sooner they are rooted out and dealt with the sooner we may be able to curtail what is now a worrying trend.”
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Opposite of to endure a challenging or traumatic experience
“This is a tribute to the millions of our people who refused to succumb to tyranny.”
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Opposite of to experience a challenging or traumatic event, especially an injury or illness
“I narrowly avoid an embarrassing face-plant as I misstep on to the stage during my introduction.”
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Opposite of to bear or support without breaking or failing
“Apparently, paleontologists have wondered for years as to why the brachiosaurus didn't collapse under its own weight.”
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Opposite of to strengthen or support physically or mentally
“Those unpleasant incidents would rankle in his mind and would plague him at nights when he lay sleepless, staring at the ceiling.”
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Opposite of to uphold, affirm, or confirm the justice or validity of
“There is suspicion that some political leaders may manipulate and corrupt the law to serve their personal ends.”
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Opposite of to resist or endure (something) successfully
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Opposite of to tolerate, endure or put up with (something)
“On the contrary, the federal regulations, and the ethical principles on which they rest, would seem to disallow such behavior.”
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(care for) Opposite of to look after
“It was a common trait among the male species to abandon its young family once they were old enough to fend for themselves.”
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Opposite of to endure or go through (an ordeal)
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(transitive) Opposite of to maintain or prolong
“Due to recent events, it has become necessary for us to suspend your credit card.”
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Opposite of to strengthen or reaffirm in rank or position
“His latest traffic transgression would undermine his clean driving record.”
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Opposite of to keep a particular state constant or consistent
“If we continue to undulate our consistency across the season proper, it will be a complete waste of a year.”
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Opposite of to suffuse with vigor, life, energy, or spirit
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Opposite of to bear hardship
“Anyone who is attentive in the management of their household, and understands thoroughly how to avoid the inconveniences of poverty, is wise in the eyes of the world.”
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Opposite of bring upon oneself
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Opposite of to sustain or support (something which has been questioned)
“The respondent requests that this matter be deferred until his motions are resolved, as he is seeking to overturn the verdict in his case.”
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Opposite of to support the weight of
“The carriages will break under the weight of all that we're taking with us to Mount Vernon.”
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Opposite of to be capable of supplying
“Unfortunately, based on our calculations, wind farms will be deficient for our total national energy requirement.”
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Opposite of to make a living for the benefit of others
“The presiding judge could not understand why a mother would choose to gamble her life savings and ignore her family's needs.”
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Opposite of to help financially or in other ways
“Once you do the math, you can see that in many cases, lowering your loan payments can hinder you financially in the long run.”
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Opposite of make social acquaintance
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Opposite of to preserve from extinction or oblivion
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Opposite of to show or prove to be right or reasonable
“Also, being a doubting Thomas, I wanted to verify those tall tales of the Alaskan winter and to disprove the rumor of the Alaskan qualification.”
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Opposite of to maintain (something) in its original or existing state
“Take the appropriate precautions to make sure that you do not damage the new door skin or inner panel.”
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Opposite of to preserve (something) by not expending or using it
“Susie loves to utilize her time by reading fantasy and science-fiction novels.”
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Opposite of to provide with food
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Opposite of to make a living for the benefit of others
“The deadbeat father was known to regularly neglect his family and children.”
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Opposite of to maintain in a good state or condition
“One wonders why some people can squander resources on moondust while others live in wretched housing.”
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Opposite of to be a source of strength or support to someone going through difficulty
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Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“Scanlan does not attempt to excuse the disturbing character of some of Dostoevsky's rhetoric, though he does note that the novelist does not seek to attack their civil liberties.”
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Opposite of to fulfill a desire, demand or need
“In approaching his task under such a misconception of its true significance, he will fail to meet the expectation of his friends and sponsors and is bound to miss that finer sense of service.”
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Opposite of to take responsibility for
“Excuses do not deny any casual contribution to the outcome, but they deny responsibility, and if they are accepted, they cancel it.”
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Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“Consequently, they tried to develop new forms of ethnographic representations or even abandon the notion of representation as a whole.”
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Opposite of to keep safe from harm, injury or extinction
“The construction of a new or improved highway would further endanger the existence of those species with habitats located in the path of development.”
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Opposite of to experience a challenging period in one's life
“Americans love success stories, especially tales of underdogs who overcome all odds to achieve success by their own efforts.”
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(sometimes figuratively) Opposite of to give a boost or energy to
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Opposite of to have an experience of
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Opposite of to keep (something) going
“It is high time we abandon this silly practice of howling at the moon.”
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Opposite of to extend or make longer
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