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

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What's the opposite of “extending the deadline”?

Extending or pushing a deadline means giving more time to work on a project. But what if you want to say you are changing it so that the task is due earlier? What are the words or expressions I could ...
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Word for 'end of an era'?

I'm looking for the correct term for the "end of an era", preferably a single word. Essentially I'm looking for the antonym of epoch. Google's dictionary defines epoch as The beginning of a ...
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Does “heuristic” have an antonym?

As a computer software engineer, I find that "heuristic" seems to be taken de facto, with no acknowledgement of any negative connotations, i.e. aspiring to more explicit, measurable, absolute ...
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Antonym for “resurrect” [closed]

I am looking for an antonym for the word resurrect.
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Antonym for ameliorate

I have been searching online for a particular word; that approximates to an antonym of ameliorate. I am after a specific word. ameliorate verb to make better Synonyms ameliorate, amend, ...
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Antonym: Latent

So, I was trying to think of a word that had the opposite meaning of "latent". Latent means "existing, yet unmanifested". I'm looking for a word that meant "existing and manifested, yet dissipating ...
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What is the opposite of “free,” as in “gluten-free/free of gluten”?

I am looking for a one-word antonym for "free" in the context of "a lack of something." For example: "pain-free/free of pain," "error-free/free of errors," "gluten-free/free of gluten"? To say "full" ...
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What is the antonym of terminal?

This question arises when I try to describe my itinerary to ticket service in the UK. Take for example, I plan to buy a ticket from A to B. B is the terminal. How to say its counter part A? I cannot ...
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Opposite of “client”?

Is there an antonym of client for the following context? The [?] performs services for his clients. Usually one would just specify the profession or job title: The contractor does home ...
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Opposite of “satellite”

A satellite is an object which orbits another, what it the word for a object which is being orbited? The moon is a satellite of Earth, the Earth is a __ of the moon?
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Does empty have a gradable antonym in English?

Empty doesn't seem to have a gradable antonym. If something is not empty and not full, then it is not empty, but is there a single word expression for this? Edit: To make it more evident, I'm ...
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What is the true antonym of “successive”? [closed]

What is the true antonym of "successive"? Did the the "true" sound weird? Well everywhere I looked, I only found subjective antonyms like Broken, Discontinuous, Infrequent, Intermittent, ...
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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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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?