What is the opposite of throw?

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(catch) Opposite of to throw or launch something in a given direction
“He can catch the ball in traffic as well as anyone in the league, and he's lethal after the catch.”
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(hold) Opposite of to throw or launch something in a given direction
“Players can hold the ball for only three seconds at any time.”
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Opposite of to disconcert or cause to be confused
“We fail to understand exactly where this humor lies and would be much obliged if you would care to enlighten us.”
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Opposite of to give or hold (a party)
“We were invited to attend a function that night in the school's auditorium.”
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Opposite of to push or force (someone or something) violently and suddenly into a particular physical position or state
“I felt the force pull me backward and throw me off balance, and I came down hard on my left hip and elbow.”
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Opposite of to deliver a shot or punch
“Out of fear of hurting himself, this actor will learn to pull his punch at just the right instant.”
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(informal) Opposite of to pass or give (something to someone)
Keep the change, you filthy animal!”
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Opposite of to send (usually someone) to the ground
“It took the referee and both of Green's handlers to lift him off the canvas and hold up his right hand as the winner.”
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Opposite of to throw or launch something in a given direction with force
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Opposite of to throw or launch something in a given direction
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Opposite of to disturb the composure of
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Opposite of to defeat, subdue or overcome with superior strength
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Opposite of to throw roughly or casually
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Opposite of to cause disarray or disorganization in the order of
“Mr. Stone proceeded to arrange his desk, apparently quite unconscious of the hostile glances directed towards him from all parts of the room.”
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Opposite of to send through the air, especially with force
“Many fielders prefer to catch a ball while they are running and so regulate their speed as to be still on the move when they meet the ball.”
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(of a blow, ball, or attack) Opposite of to launch or aim (something) towards a given target
“Carlos fell on the first round, then continued to receive blows from his opponent afterward.”
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Opposite of to throw or cause to move forward or outward
“It would be foolish to cast the stones prematurely, so instead, they choose to hold it.”
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Opposite of to discourage someone by removing their enthusiasm or courage
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Opposite of to cause to lose orientation or direction
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Opposite of to discourage or overwhelm
“She says my goals and aspirations inspire her, and frankly, I want to be worthy of her admiration.”
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Opposite of to consider as a single group, often without justification
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Opposite of to push, carry, or send forcibly, hastily, or unceremoniously
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Opposite of to disturb mentally or emotionally
“Chloe had to calm herself before she went on stage to perform in front of the judges.”
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Opposite of to give or hand over
“I would rather you keep it for yourself than to give it to someone who does not deserve it.”
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Opposite of to scatter or sprinkle, typically over a wide area
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(usually sports) Opposite of to hit, kick or throw something (usually a ball) extremely high
“The goalkeeper would deflect the ball away from the goal skillfully.”
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Opposite of to immerse or occupy oneself in something
“When I go about my day and start thinking negative thoughts, I try to distract myself by changing something in my environment.”
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Opposite of to throw or displace from a seat or saddle
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Opposite of to place or throw something (somewhere) in a haphazard manner
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Opposite of to be impossible to understand
“Everything would make sense once it was explained to us.”
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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 put (all of something) towards
“Brian finds out there are two separate pop tart instructions, in case he finds one too difficult, abandon all efforts on one, and get onto something a bit easier.”
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Opposite of to knock or bring to the ground
“Somewhere on the long list of jobs is a task to erect a nice little shed in the back garden.”
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Opposite of cause to lose your bearings
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Opposite of to influence, usually emotionally
“You almost have to desensitize yourself to the madness just to stay sane.”
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Opposite of to go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner
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Opposite of to frustrate or prevent (someone) from achieving an aim
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Opposite of to involve or engage in deeply
“Just ignore the music if it's not really your thing.”
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Opposite of to move something to a lower level
“Ensure you bend your knees before you lift anything heavy to prevent any injuries to your back.”
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Opposite of to be occupied with an activity
“I typically free myself from any strenuous activities whenever I need a break.”
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Opposite of to discharge from a job or position
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Opposite of to surprise (someone) with something unexpected
“I am sorry that I do not know what the final outcome was in that case, but it would not surprise me one bit if the injustice were allowed to continue.”
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Opposite of an act of throwing something
“Worsley moved across, made a brilliant catch, and sent the ball high into the air with a one-handed jerk behind his back.”
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Opposite of a risky action undertaken with the hope of success
“The only certainty was that people around the world were literally becoming God-fearing and were reticent to break his commandments.”
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Opposite of an act or instance of throwing something
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Opposite of a risky action undertaken with the hope of success
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(sport) Opposite of a pass from a teammate that results directly in a score
“It was a brilliant goal which came about from unselfish team play.”
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Opposite of a undertaking, typically one that involves risk
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