What is the opposite of use?

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Noun
Opposite of the act of using an object
“The disuse of moisturizer may result in dry skin.”
Noun
Opposite of the act of using something intangible
“The suppression of free speech should not be tolerated in our society.”
Noun
Opposite of the act of using a finite substance
“The saving of water in the village increased during the rainy season.”
Noun
Opposite of usefulness or benefit
“The uselessness of this exercise machine was in direct contrast to claims made during the infomercial.”
Noun
Opposite of the repeated usage of something
“The machine was still in great condition after years of maintenance and preservation in the factory.”
Noun
Opposite of the exploitation of others for one's own gain
“The philanthropist's benevolence towards others was commendable.”
Noun
(usually negated with "no") Opposite of a fondness or positive regard for something
“I have no aversion for upstanding individuals such as yourself.”
Noun
Opposite of the benefit, importance or (useful) effect of something
“The insignificance of relaxation to stress relief is a myth. It is, in fact, crucial.”
Noun
Opposite of the use or application of a faculty, right, or process
“It is a misapplication of his powers, which it also cripples, and teases away his hearers.”
Noun
Opposite of the object or goal of something
“Warnings on cigarette packets serve as a deterrent to would-be smokers.”
Noun
Opposite of the act of using something
Noun
Opposite of the customary or correct method or procedure
Noun
Opposite of the action of living in or using a building or other place
Noun
Opposite of residence of place
Noun
Opposite of a benefit or advantage
“The disadvantage of being tall is that you can never fit comfortably into a small car.”
Noun
Opposite of the action of possessing and benefiting from something
Noun
Opposite of the quality that renders something desirable or valuable
Noun
Opposite of the inherent value in something or someone
“The lead character struggles desperately to find a way to circumvent the terrible meaninglessness of his existence.”
Noun
Opposite of the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it
“I told her that, on theory alone, it sounded like a good idea but it was going to be very difficult to execute.”
Noun
Opposite of the act of depleting, or the state of being depleted
Noun
Opposite of the state of being practicable
Noun
Opposite of the customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing of something
“This lateness is an aberration for the usually punctual Stephen, who is wilfully early in every appointment he has.”
Noun
Opposite of a reasonable or comprehensible rationale
“It is complete nonsense to ask God for something, to offer Him an exchange, or even to threaten Him.”
Noun
Opposite of the state of being a proprietor
Noun
Opposite of a goal or purpose
Noun
Opposite of a favorable inclination or enthusiasm for something
“He took no heed of the bakery as we passed by, his indifference for pastries evident.”
Noun
Opposite of the state of being executed, utilized, or put into operation
“He put his plans on hold, thinking there was no rush to move back to London.”
Noun
Opposite of a benefit, or advantage from something
“The players opted for personal glory to the detriment of the team.”
Noun
Opposite of a requirement for something
“There was an abundance of change after the new administration took office.”
Noun
Opposite of the general idea, intention or meaning of something
Noun
Opposite of an amount of money spent
Noun
Opposite of the state of being active, operative, or effective
“The inactivity of the marketing department is starting to become a significant expense for the company.”
Verb
Opposite of to utilize or employ a tangible object
“He would often misuse a fork for drinking soup.”
Verb
Opposite of to utilize or employ something intangible
“Do not neglect your discretion in the handling of this sensitive matter.”
Verb
Opposite of to expend or consume by employing
“This car is built to conserve its fuel over long distances.”
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Opposite of to exploit someone for one's personal gain
“She had a genuine interest in him and was sincere in wanting to help him.”
Verb
Opposite of to make use of
Verb
Opposite of to exert influence over or dictate the outcome of
“I think it is time I surrender my hold on this domain and acknowledge defeat.”
Verb
Opposite of to make use of
“We would forgo the use of drones during our filming so as not to scare the animals.”
Verb
Opposite of to apply, use or bring to bear (a force, influence, or quality)
Verb
Opposite of to use, empty or drain completely
“I couldn't actually read my data because it was encrypted and compressed to save on hard-drive space.”
Verb
Opposite of to make use of
Verb
Opposite of to have or gain use or entry of a particular service or location
“If you continue to exploit bugs and loopholes in the game, you will be banned from the server.”
Verb
(of a resource) Opposite of to consume or get through the final amount or portion of
“With this recipe, you can double the batch and save some for later.”
Verb
Opposite of to choose to take up, follow, or use
“The two nations declared in the Atlantic Charter that they believed that all nations of the world must come to abandon the use of force to attain their goals.”
Verb
Opposite of to control or start the operation of
“We have to stop mechanical operations because two of the machines are faulty.”
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Opposite of to act on an opportunity
“He would miss many golden opportunities that had been presented to him during his career because of his tunnel vision.”
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Opposite of to take for one's own benefit, typically without permission
“This document has been designed to bestow some dignity to those who toil thanklessly in the vineyards of art.”
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Opposite of to exploit or use something to one's advantage
“As humans adapt to their environment, and as they change to meet new challenges posed by their constantly changing environments, their cultures change and evolve.”
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Opposite of to operate a device or machinery
“Without any instructions, I am likely to misuse this coffee machine.”
Verb
Opposite of have access to
Verb
Opposite of redistribute, station troops or weapons
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