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 sooner? What are the words or expressions I could ...
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Antonym of “distributed” as in “distributed system”

If we consider context of computing, what is the opposite of distributed? Is it single or combined ? What is the opposite of "distributed system"?
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Antonym of underage or minority

I am looking for one word (formal preferably) that defines the state or period of not being under full legal age, i.e. the opposite of what is asked in this question: Is there a word for "the ...
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What is the opposite of “the moderns”? [on hold]

The term "the moderns" refers to people who live in the present. Any words opposite to it?
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What is the opposite of heritage?

According to the definition I'm aware of, heritage means "something that will be inherited by the subject". So if a person A leaves an item X for person B in his will, X is B's heritage. Is there a ...
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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 is the opposite of “authentication”?

An authentication is the action word for "to authenticate". "To disauthenticate" and "to unauthenticate" do not seem to exist (I might be wrong). So what is the most appropriate opposite action of ...
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Opposite of Quarantine

As I understand it, quarantine is used to describe the isolation of the infected to prevent spread of infection. However, I'm looking for a word for the isolation of the healthy to avoid infection.
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What is the opposite of “borked”?

What would be the opposite word when something was borked, but it is not borked anymore? For example in the context when the traffic was borked, but it's not anymore (like unclogged).
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Single word for someone who doesn't let anyone walk all over them (antonym of 'pushover')

She was caring, and yet she was _______ What I'm tring to say is that although she cared for others, she was strong enough to not let them dictate her actions. In other words, she did things for ...
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What is the 'opposite' of ekphrasis?

Given that ekphrasis means, according to the Poetry Foundation, "an ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art", is there a term to describe the 'opposite' ...
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Is the opposite of 'within', 'without'?

Typically without is used to mean not having something. E.g. He went to work without his pants on. However, I'm wondering if it can be used for outside the bounds of. We do this with within. ...
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Opposite of “As early as possible”

My manager asked me to finish the project as early as possible Here there is no fixed deadline available but the manager wants me to finish the project soon. Consider the case where there is a ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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What's the opposite of eye candy?

What's the opposite of eye candy? I heard someone say, "Eye broccoli," but that's not very accurate to those of us who love broccoli. Any other ideas?
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Opposite of “error-prone”

I'm looking for the opposite of "error-prone", specifically in the context of programming style. As in, "Jack has not-error-prone coding style". Some words that are inappropriate for this context are ...
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If a floor is raised or elevated, what's its opposite?

In Japan, they raise the floor to indicate shoes must be taken off before stepping on the elevated floor. I need a word for the part of the floor that is not raised. Any suggestions?
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Why does “inspire” mean both “breath out” and “inhale” (among other things)?

The definition of Inspire is as follows: 1 a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on ...
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Opposite of itself [closed]

I'm looking for a word that means that something is the opposite of itself. Like wanting to be alone but being afraid of being alone. The word sounds something similar to ignorant I think.
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More specific antonym to “lodger” than “landlord”

You can distinguish between someone who's paying for a room and paying for an apartment or house with lodger versus tenant. Is it possible to distinguish between someone who offers a room for rent ...
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What is the opposite of generalization?

Via a quick check in the thesaurus, it returned the terms 'specific' and 'specificity'. What I have in mind is 'specificalization', but that word does not exist.
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “gentrification”?

Exactly what it says on the tin: is there a word that means precisely the opposite of "gentrification"? That is, the decline of a neighborhood due to an influx of lower-class families and individuals ...
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Opposite/Negation of phrases

How is the opposite of compound phrases of the form "adjective noun" constructed? Is "opposite of [adjective] [noun]" the same as "[opposite of adjective] [opposite of noun]", the same as "[adjective] ...
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is there any word for simulation with effect in the real world?

I am looking for a word that would describe human to computer interaction with effect in the real world. Like flight simulation describes unreal mirror of a real flight. But in case person sitting ...
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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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Am I right in thinking that I'm using “opposite” as both a noun and an adjective?

I am using the word opposite in two ways: 1) To refer to something that has an opposite; 'heat' is an opposite because it has an opposite, 'cold', whereas 'three' is not an opposite because there is ...
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Using “beau geste” as an opposite of sin

Beau geste defined here seems to be a noble act and from what I know to be the definition of sin, which has the word "immoral" in it, "beau geste" should be its antonym. Even if it isn't the perfect ...
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What's the opposite of reckless? [closed]

What is an adjective to describe someone who is the opposite of reckless other than 'cautious' or 'careful'?
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Something like antonym for “dependent”

Let's suppose I have two objects – A and B. They are a pair. I mean that we will name them considering them one logical unit. For example: If I call A as "driven," then B will be called ...
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Antonym for Trending (in the Twitter sense)

If a topic is gaining in popularity on a website like Twitter, Instagram, etc. it is said to be "Trending". What about the opposite. If a topic is losing popularity, it is called...
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Opposite of Hoarder

Hoarder, who has a condition as described by wikipedia: Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by excessive acquisition and an ...
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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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Antonym of -proof suffix

-proof, used as the suffix to a noun, basically means that the object you are describing is resistant to the noun. The specific example that led me to look for this was emailing our support team ...
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The opposite of the “Royal we”

The “Royal We” is a term to indicate that, when someone is ostensibly speaking about a group of people, they’re actually referring to themselves as an individual. Someone I know (whom I will not ...
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Antonym of “superlative”

A friend of mine was talking about a film he has seen a trailer for and sarcastically heaping superlatives on it. He then wondered what the opposite of superlative (as a noun) is. I suggested ...
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What word has the same flavor but opposite meaning of hence (in the future)

My brain is claiming there is such a word, but Google seems to disagree: Is there any word with the same "flavor" as hence (somewhat ostentatious, perhaps? Victorian?) in the meaning of "in the ...
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What is a good antonym for “infest”?

What is a good antonym for "infest"? I thought of "cleanse" but I'm hoping there is a better antonym. The context I'm thinking of is when an exterminator gets rid of an insect infestation.
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Opposite of “mental picture” [closed]

Is there a good antonym to "mental picture"? For example: "Remembering the Kana" uses mental pictures, but no physical pictures.
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What's the opposite of “in X's favor”? [closed]

If you argued your case well, the judge may rule "in your favor". What's the opposite expression? (I don't mean "dismiss your claim" or "reject your suit" etc. - I'm looking for the exact opposite ...
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A word or short phrase to reduce the influence of something

When talking about depression, I prefer to use positive/active words as opposed to combative or oppressive words. I'm looking for a word that fits in this sentence that is active and positive: I ...
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What's the logical opposite to “onboarding”?

When you have a lengthy process after hiring someone, you call that the "onboarding" process. Is the term "offboarding" correct for a lengthy end-of-contract process? Or what would that be called?
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and ...
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What is the antonym of “single minded”

Example sentence: However much in earnest he might be, he had nothing of the single-mindedness that belongs to a fanatic. (221, Nineteen Eighty-Four) The word "single-minded" seem to suggest a ...
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Antonym for “recent”, as in time series observations

I do time series analysis and forecasting, and many algorithms weight more recent observations more highly than observations from the more distant past in extrapolating. The previous sentence already ...
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What is a non derogatory word for the opposite of a Manager? [duplicate]

If the person above me in an organisation, that I report to, is my manager. What would be a term my manager would refer to me, and my peers under them? Minion, lackey, or lieutenant kinda work; but ...
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What is the opposite of penance?

I think it must be a single word from something like "willful insistence on wrongdoing." What is that word? A lot of websites say "happiness" which seems obviously incorrect.
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True antonym to braggart/exhibitionist?

Braggart is a noun meaning someone who boasts about their achievements. Exhibitionist is also a noun meaning a person who acts in an extravagant way. Another example of a word in this synonym-family ...
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'Antonym' for anesthetized?

Is there a word which refers to a state for an animal or human that is not anesthetized (or influenced by other artificial consciousness altering substances) for an academic or professional context? I ...
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How do I say 'I don't want' without phrasing it in terms of wanting?

It seems rather odd that there is a verb for wanting something, but not for the opposite, as it means we always have to phrase things in terms of wanting. For instance there's an opposite of having ...
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Stochastic antonym, medical context

I'm looking for a word that compliments stochastic (randomly determined) in a medical context, specifically in describing when radiation effects occur. 'Acute' seems to be the generally used term for ...