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What is the opposite of preserve?

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Opposite of to maintain (something) in its original or existing state
“Take the appropriate precautions to make sure that you do not damage the new door skin or inner panel.”
Opposite of to keep safe from harm, injury or extinction
“The construction of a new or improved highway would further endanger the existence of those species with habitats located in the path of development.”
Opposite of to save from decay by the use of some preservative substance, such as sugar or salt
“Place older food products in front or on top of new ones, and it will help you consume the food before it expires.”
Opposite of to save for future use
“Given our known uranium resources and our projection of 600 to 700 nuclear plants, we'll exhaust our fuel source in 30 or 40 years.”
Opposite of to protect or shield from harm or danger
“It was so silent that it was like one of those movies where suddenly a murderer pops up out of the bushes to attack the helpless woman.”
Opposite of to preserve from extinction or oblivion
(transitive) Opposite of to maintain or prolong
“Due to recent events, it has become necessary for us to suspend your credit card.”
Opposite of to keep a particular state constant or consistent
“If we continue to undulate our consistency across the season proper, it will be a complete waste of a year.”
Opposite of to hold on to or continue to have something, both physically or mentally
“Is it unfair to describe him as something of a megalomaniac, where even allowing for his enormous contribution he appears to refuse to even partially relinquish his power?”
Opposite of to refuse to give (something that is due to or is desired by another)
Opposite of to prevent or protect (something) from being destroyed
“He would inevitably lose his hat when the wind swept it from his head.”
Opposite of to keep (something) going
“It is high time we abandon this silly practice of howling at the moon.”
Opposite of to maintain, prolong, or keep something going
“The sooner they are rooted out and dealt with the sooner we may be able to curtail what is now a worrying trend.”
Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“Consequently, they tried to develop new forms of ethnographic representations or even abandon the notion of representation as a whole.”
Opposite of to protect the state of someone or something
“This project has been set up to undermine the opposition's efforts to enact their policies.”
Opposite of a place where game is protected and kept for private hunting or shooting
“While some of these thirty-two subspecies of gray wolf thrive in the wild, others are extinct and gone forever.”
Opposite of an area of special expertise or responsibility
Opposite of a place to hide, or to seek shelter or privacy
Opposite of an area or sphere of activity regarded as someone's personal territory
Opposite of a nature reserve
“He said to make the provision of support for conservation projects dependent on the acquisition of animals for exhibition in a Scottish zoo was unethical.”
Opposite of an area of land set aside, typically for conservational purposes
Opposite of an area of activity, interest or influence
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