An antonym is word with a meaning opposite to another word.

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Opposite of change?

What is the opposite of change (change as in "change for currency")? If I say, "Give me change for $10" what is the opposite of 'change' in that sentence?
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Antonym of Postpone [duplicate]

what is the antonym of postpone. I have seen the usage of "prepone" at many places. If that is correct, the is the post used in postpone a prefix ?
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Opposite of “summarize”

I want to indicate that some text has been made longer while emphasizing that no new content has been added. Desired usages: I need to anti-summarize this paper to reach the ten page minimum. ...
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How come nobody likes being wanted or unwanted? [closed]

How come both "being wanted" and "being unwanted" are both bad words. Yet, being "needed" and "unneeded" are antonyms? Nobody wants to feel wanted, yet they all want to feel needed. Compare these ...
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English antonyms to rage, anger, annoyance [closed]

I would like to know if there are antonyms to words rage, anger, annoyance. I care about preserving the intensity of opposing words.
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What’s the male equivalent of “menopause”? [closed]

If women go through men-o-pause, do men go through women-o-pause? Is there an etymological equivalent? What is the antonymic Greek word to meno- (or rather, to μηνο-)? There might be a medical ...
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What is the opposite of the Devil's Advocate?

If I am arguing against a proposal that I may actually agree with, then I am playing Devil's Advocate. However, what if I do not necessarily agree with the proposal but am arguing for it, with the ...
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What is the antonym of “distaff”?

What is the antonym of "distaff"? It's not in my dictionary, but it must exist. Right? edit By distaff I mean, "the female equivalent of something typically male", not just "female" generally. I ...
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If additive is “something added”, what would be “something subtracted”?

Yes I know I can check the dictionary. But I can't find this part. Additive is both noun and adjective. The antonym for the adjective usage is subtractive, because it's an adjective too. But I ...
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What is the opposite of “commercial” art?

What is the opposite of commercial in the context of writing about art? For example: The artist created both commercial and _________ art.
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What word describes things that are similar yet different? [duplicate]

There are two words on either side of the word I'm looking for: Synonym and Antonym. Of course, a Synonym is a word that means the same thing (automobile vs. vehicle), and an Antonym is a word that ...
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Is “man” the opposite of “woman”?

I heard someone today say that lad is the opposite of lass. And we picked up a debate on whether woman is actually the opposite of man, which led me to question whether nouns can have opposites at ...
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What is the opposite of free intended as “without”?

"Sugar free, taste __" Which word could I use to tell the opposite of "free" intended as "without"?
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What's the antonym of “buy-in”?

At a casino gambling table, to buy-in means to convert cash into chips, but what about its antonym, what's the word for to convert/exchage playing chips to/for chips that could be exchanged to cash at ...
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What is a proper antonym of “achievement”

What word best describes the opposite of "achievement"? It can have more than one interpretation: met achievement that is not desirable unmet desirable achievement I'm interested in all you ...
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Opposite of Ground Up

Is there any opposite of "Ground up" phrase? Something like "Top-down : Bottom-up"
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What's another word for “perfect analogy” / “non-analogy”?

Is there a word to mean an analogy so perfect that it is no longer considered an analogy? For example, what may be a suitable word in the sentence below? : ...The analogy eventually breaks down, ...
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What is the term used to describe the relationship between two words that are both the opposite of another word, but also the opposite of each other? [duplicate]

To start this off light, I was initially thinking about this with Oreos. There are fresh Oreos, and then there are two different ways they can go stale: dry/hard (in low humidity) and soft/mushy (in ...
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Antonym for “challenge” (noun form)

I was writing a market research report the other day and listed the challenges my company faced in the market in question, then I created a new section header for the... uhh... easy bits? That's when ...
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Opposite word for “cursive”, as related to writing

I looked up the etymology entry at etymonline.com for cursive, which reads: 1784, from French cursif (18c.), from Medieval Latin cursivus “running,” from Latin cursus “a running,” from past ...
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The opposite of “magnum opus”?

According to the online Oxford English dictionary, a magnum opus is a work of art, music, or literature that is regarded as the most important or best work that an artist, composer, or writer ...
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Antonym of “summon”

I'm looking for an antonym to "summon". Would "unsummon" be grammatically correct, though it is not found in a dictionary? A contextual example: You are a wizard that has the ability to summon ...
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In the context of family, what is the opposite of “immediate”?

In the context of family, the term "immediate" refers to member of the family connected by birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership, or cohabitation. Is t here a term that refers to the rest of ...
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Does English have half-graded antonyms?

In a recent question about comparatives, a dispute arose in the comments about gradable antonyms like useful/useless where English speakers strongly prefer to use comparative forms only for half of ...
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Looking for a word that means the opposite of 'gilded'

I'm looking for the opposite of gilded when used as: having a pleasing or showy appearance that conceals something of little worth. Most of the antonyms listed from different sources mean ...
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Chuffed - happy or unhappy?

I was looking into the word chuffed this morning, and came across this:- chuffed 1 /tʃʌft/ adjective British Informal. delighted; pleased; satisfied. Origin: 1855–60; see chuff2 , ...
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I am looking for a word that is the same as “aspiration” but it's done [closed]

For example if you wish to do or have something, you can use aspiration. What word is the best to use for things that you have and done already? I was thinking about accomplishment, but it only ...
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Reverse deadline?

Is there a term or word for a "reverse deadline"? Deadline is normally the date or time before which something must occur. I'm seeking a term for the date or time after which something may occur. I ...
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What is the opposite of an electronic document?

I need an all-encompassing term that covers all kinds of written documents, except electronic ones: printed (on a printing press or the result of a computer printout) as well as hand-written ...
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What is the antonym of “outgrow”?

It's easy to say that you outgrew your clothes, but what's the word to indicate the opposite? I lost so much weight that I _ _ _ _ _ my belt!
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What's the antonym of “occurrence”?

I'm looking for the antonym of occurrence. I want to use it in this sentence: Based on the occurrence/[antonym] of signals, decisions will be made. The context is scientific. I would like to ...
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Inverse for the term "refinement”

In computer science there is a term "refinement". Refinement is a hierarchical relationship between two concepts. If B refines A, then the requirements of B are a superset of the requirements of A. ...
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Synonyms, Antonyms, and “Neutralnyms”

Two words A and B are synonyms if they mean the same thing, and antonyms if they mean opposite things. But is there a word to describe the relationship where A means "neither B nor its opposite"? ...
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What's an antonym of 'monolithic' as in 'monolithic architecture'?

I want to describe an architecture/system that is composed of diverse and modular parts. What's a good antonym for monolithic architecture to describe a technical system?
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Antonym of coercive

I'm looking for an antonym of the word coercive, i.e., a leader who gets something done merely by asking instead of forcing someone to do something. Any suggestions?
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Opposite of “verbose”

One definition of verbose states: characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy: a verbose report. Some (including the above link) suggest that the opposite is concise or laconic, ...
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What are the antonyms of “append” and “prepend”?

I need the antonyms for "append" (that is, I need a word that means "to remove at the end", since "append" means "to add at the end") and "prepend" (that is, I need a word that means "to remove at the ...
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The opposite of “rights” — “obligations” or “responsibilities”?

Lead SA composed a Bill of Responsibilities to complement the South African Bill of Rights and express those rights in a practical way. I think it is an inspirational idea, but I expected the ...
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What is the opposite of a “one-trick pony” or a “one-hit wonder”?

I'm thinking of "a one-shot gun" vs. "an automatic machine gun", or vs. "an all-purpose tool" (although tool lacks oomph). Any ideas?
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Word meaning “narrow minded person” that ends in “an” if such exists [closed]

I'm looking for a word which is opposite or similar to Cosmopolitan and also ends in "an". I'm trying to title something opposite or related to Cosmopolitan the magazine which sounds similar. So the ...
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Which is the opposite of pick pocket

Without you became awarness a pick pocket pull some object from your pocket or your bag. How can we name somebody who do the opposite action pushing something in your bag or your pocket? Edit after ...
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What is the opposite of “idiomatic”, as in idiomatic code?

What is the opposite of "idiomatic", other than not idiomatic? Is there a concise way of expressing this concept or describing such a code?
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Which word can be used for the person who is challenged (in a contest)?

The words "challenge" and "challenger" are well-known, but is there such a term as "challengee" - as I read somewhere? In other words, what would be an appropriate term to describe the person ...
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What is the opposite of being “everything to everyone”?

I think of this in the following context: when someone tries to be everything to everyone, they end up being nothing to nobody. That of course is a double negative, but I believe expresses the intent ...
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What's the opposite of dramatic irony? [closed]

I know that dramatic irony is when the audience knows things the characters don't, but what do you call it when the characters in a story know information that the audience does not?
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Event: “archived” vs. “filed” vs. “shelved” [closed]

I'm coding a database that has an Events table with a status field. When an event's date has not yet passed, the status is Published. I would like to use a term to mean that the date of the event has ...
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What is the difference between “count” and “matter” in this quote?

I came across a quote today, it is, As a person it's what's on the inside that counts. It's what's on the outside that matters. Please explain the quote for me. Are count and matter opposites?
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Antonym of “recurrent” [closed]

What is the antonym of recurrent? This is like I have to few activities which I have to perform each month so these are recurrent but there are few activities which I only perform once. So what should ...
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Name for anti-decoy

There is this trick when you give a person two choices: one which you want her to accept; and the other, which is significantly worse than the first one. This way you create the illusion of choice, ...
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What is the converse of “hence”?

Imagine I have two sentences. The second one causes or precedes the first one, like: It is raining. There are a lot of clouds. You can say: There are a lot of clouds. Hence, it is raining. ...