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For example: I support Bob's decision to quit his job.

What word could you use in place of support to make that sentence have the opposite meaning?

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"I oppose Bob's decision to quit his job." "I reject Bob's decision..." "I abhor Bob's decision..." Why do you think there is the antonym? – GEdgar Oct 4 '13 at 15:39
"I am indifferent to Bob's decision..." "I acquiesce to Bob's decision...", "I celebrate Bob's decision...", object to, protest, demur... – Canis Lupus Oct 4 '13 at 15:57
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Depends very much on what you mean by opposite. If you mean that I am against Bob's decision to quit his job, then GEdgar's suggestions, along with a myriad of synonyms and antonyms from thesaurus, will do

I oppose Bob's decision...

I reject Bob's decision...

However, if you mean that you are not in favor of, but not necessarily against Bob's decision, then it could be

I don't support Bob's decision...

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I undermine Bob's decision... – GEdgar Oct 4 '13 at 15:59
I did mean the first one. I think oppose is the word I was looking for. Sorry for not being clearer. – Alex Grin Oct 4 '13 at 23:11

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