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What is the opposite of build?

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Opposite of to put together using parts or materials
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“We expect that they will reject plans to demolish a water tower after strong condemnation from the public.”
Opposite of to establish and develop
“After years of planning, the government would decide to scrap the building of a contentious monument.”
Opposite of to develop in magnitude or extent
“Ongoing tensions will diminish relations between the two nations if things do not improve.”
Opposite of to increase in value or price
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“It is disappointing to find out that our house will depreciate over the next two years.”
Opposite of to devise and carry out how something looks and functions
“Your blatant attempt to plagiarize another artist's work will not go unnoticed.”
Opposite of to base on a principle, idea, feeling or physical matter
“Our company will oppose anything that contradicts our core principles.”
Opposite of to prepare something in advance
“The coach was out of ideas and it was now up the players to get creative and improvise.”
Opposite of to drive spiritually or urge someone on
“I wouldn't want to discourage them, but I would urge caution and some sensible risk assessment.”
Opposite of to benefit from
“You will have nothing to gain and everything to lose if you continue this gambling habit.”
Opposite of to provide encouragement to
Opposite of to set up on a long-term basis
“The tech company would close down its headquarters after being based in Silicon Valley for many years.”
Opposite of to produce or bring about
“We need to discard our current plan of action as it is not working.”
Opposite of to start or establish
“The government plans to dismantle the old organization with an eye towards establishing a more current version.”
Opposite of to found or base something on
Opposite of to copy or derive (a piece of work) from another source
“The Greeks would originate a style of garden arrangement that would be the ruling principle of that art for many years to come.”
Opposite of the proportions of a person's or animal's body
“He has a beautiful mind and the soul of a poet.”
Opposite of the body or shape of a person or animal
“Only recently have scholars turned a metacritical eye to Richard's physical misshapenness as a monstrosity.”
Opposite of a bodily shape, usually of a person or animal
Opposite of the composition or structure of something
Opposite of the external form, contours, or outline of someone or something
Opposite of the action or trade of constructing something
“During this time the temple was rebuilt following the demolition of its predecessor.”
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