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 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 literary, musical, or artistic 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 the active use of energy in producing a result
Noun
Opposite of the action of helping or doing work for someone
“He made a public apology for the hurt he had brought upon the family.”
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 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 the skill of an artisan or craftsman
Noun
Opposite of one in a series of volumes
Noun
Opposite of the mechanics of a movement
“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!”
Noun
Opposite of actions performed as part of one's employment
“Jack took leave from work to spend time with his sickly father.”
Verb
Opposite of performing a task as part of one's employment
“I will resign from my position as a ranger at the local national park next week.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
Opposite of to be successful
“This plan of action is defective and will surely fail.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
Opposite of to shape or form a given material
“The apprentice baker would butcher the dough with his unskilled hands.”
Verb
(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.”
Verb
Opposite of to move forward along a course
“You must remain in this location until you have been given directions to next safehouse.”
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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 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 make a concerted effort towards achieving a result
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Opposite of to devote serious and sustained effort
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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.”
Verb
Opposite of to cause a profound effect
“Postmodern thought tends to trivialize this desire, if not ignore it altogether.”
Verb
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 to control or start the operation of
“We have to stop mechanical operations because two of the machines are faulty.”
Verb
Opposite of to shape with a hammer
Verb
Opposite of to cause to twine about one another
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Opposite of work or operate in a proper or particular way
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Opposite of take action
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Opposite of to struggle tenaciously to achieve something
Verb
Opposite of defeat narrowly
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