What is the opposite of work?

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Noun
Opposite of activity one engages in to make a living
“My unemployment has lasted for six months now.”
Noun
Opposite of the activity for which a person or thing is employed to perform
“I go kite-boarding as part of my recreation and entertainment.”
Noun
Opposite of hard work, or the effort expended on a particular task
“We are never going to finish building this house with so much laziness.”
Noun
Opposite of product or achievement resulting from effort
“The scientific flop had been the failure of a group of unimpressive researchers.”
Noun
Opposite of a creative or artistic work or production
“The controversial artist produced an abomination of pure mediocrity with his latest painting.”
Noun
Opposite of the place at which one performs work
“I was in a rush trying to get to work and left my suitcase at home.”
Noun
Opposite of work, especially physical, manual or hard labor
Noun
Opposite of energy or effort expended towards an endeavor
“The inferiority might be the result of feebleness and of want of activity of the mind.”
Noun
Opposite of effort or exertion made to do something, especially when inconvenient
“Pulling that stunt was merely a cinch for him.”
Noun
Opposite of a creative work in general
Noun
(mass noun) Opposite of the execution or accomplishment of a task or series of tasks
“Constant failure in the industry had prompted him to rethink his career and consider a change.”
Noun
Opposite of the skill of an artisan or craftsman
Noun
Opposite of the reason for which something or someone is used or suited for
“The uselessness of the company's health and safety policy has caused many to lose faith in their products.”
Noun
Opposite of one in a series of volumes
Noun
Opposite of the mechanics of a movement or action
“There was a significant degree of inflexibility in his movements, and the coach knew then and there that he would never make it as an athlete.”
Noun
One's usual employment, duties or affairs
Noun
(mass noun) Opposite of something done to achieve an aim
“The issue will not rectify itself with this much inaction!”
Verb
Opposite of to perform a task as part of one's employment
“I will resign from my position as a ranger at the local national park next week.”
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Opposite of to exert oneself for a particular purpose
“I would laze late into the night despite having work to complete.”
Verb
Opposite of to function with a specific purpose
“These blunt scissors fail as a tool for cutting.”
Verb
Opposite of to produce as a result of effort
“Consuming too many calories will counteract your efforts to lose weight.”
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Opposite of to be successful
“This plan of action is defective and will surely fail.”
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Opposite of to operate a device or machinery
“Without any instructions, I am likely to misuse this coffee machine.”
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Opposite of to be in working condition
“Your computer will break down if you spill coffee on it.”
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Opposite of to produce the desired effect
“He waited for an hour, but the medication would fizzle and have no effect.”
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Opposite of to bring into a heightened emotional state
“The diplomatic politician would pacify his energetic supporters during his rallies.”
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Opposite of to effect by gradual degrees
“I had to bulldoze my way through the large crowds.”
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Opposite of to shape or form a given material
“The apprentice baker would butcher the dough with his unskilled hands.”
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(farming) Opposite of to cultivate soil
“The farmers would unwittingly damage the vast expanses of land after having grown their crops on them.”
Verb
Opposite of to arrange or contrive
“The political consultant was prepared to play by the rules in order to get his candidate elected.”
Verb
Opposite of to move in an agitated manner
“Jane's left twitching eyelid would settle after she calmed down.”
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Opposite of to arrive at an answer through logic
“I had to think long and hard, then I had to give up on figuring out this puzzle.”
Verb
Opposite of to provide for, usually for one's family
“The negligent father would neglect his family's needs.”
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Opposite of to cause someone to work, usually hard
“He was a laid-back coach who would coddle his players rather than push them.”
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Opposite of to apply great and continuous effort towards work, a task, or a goal
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Opposite of to apply great and continuous effort
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Opposite of to bring about or cause to happen
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Opposite of to affect
“I wouldn't be a good father if I weren't here trying to discourage you from executing such a dangerous strategy.”
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Opposite of to arrive at an answer through logic
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Opposite of to handle or operate something
“I hope they will be careful with the pianos and not mishandle them and get them out of tune.”
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Opposite of to convince or manipulate
“The convenient rationalization that our weapons potpourri will confuse the enemy into fear of misbehaving is absurd and threatening.”
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Opposite of to cause a profound effect
“Postmodern thought tends to trivialize this desire, if not ignore it altogether.”
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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 form, shape or forge with a hammer
“The Faerie Queen told us that the only way to end the curse would be to break the sword.”
Verb
Opposite of to interweave or cross one with another
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Opposite of to work or operate in a proper or particular way
“The fire caused the motor electronics and the control panel to malfunction before spreading to the adjacent wells.”
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Opposite of to move past someone or something with force
“Sarah had to wait until the crowd dispersed before she could proceed to take a photo with one of her idols.”
Verb
Opposite of take action
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