Not a native speaker here.

What is the exact opposite of grant?

Yes, i've been to a thesaurus and a lot other antonym sites.

The word i'm looking for isn't 'refuse', 'deny', prohibit', etc. I want to know if there's a word (or more) for doing the opposite of granting, for example, someone's wishes.

Like when you do the opposite of what someone wants.

In the sentence:

"The odds never bothered to hear our wishes, or perhaps it listened closely to them as to know what to (word)"

The italics could be replaced by 'not grant', though does anyone know of a more specific word? Would 'forfeit' be fit to replace the italic?

Thank you

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    I don't understand what the opposite of 'grant' would be, in your example of wishes. "I wish for a horse" -> "I will take your horse away from you"? Or "I wish for a horse" -> "I will make it impossible for you to ever get a horse"? – John Feltz Jul 17 '18 at 20:20
  • @JohnFeltz Your first example represents better what I mean. – Calazans Jul 17 '18 at 20:27
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    Look up 'sabotage' or 'thwart' and see if those are what you are looking for. I'm not confident enough that I understand what you want to post those as answers... – John Feltz Jul 17 '18 at 20:34
  • @Calazans- Your example sentence in the question seems more like John's second option. What's wrong with deny? The King could hear your wish and decide to grant it, or deny it. The "odds" could metaphorically decide to deny your wish as well. A more active metaphor might be "stomp all over it" – Jim Jul 18 '18 at 4:18

In a comment, you mention that you want the opposite of grant to mean to take away.



1 : to annul by recalling or taking back : RESCIND • revoke a will

So, for example:

I granted you three wishes, but now I revoke them.

  • To revoke implies that you had it and it was taken away. A wish can be for something you never had before. The King could hear your wish and decide to grant it, but he can't really revoke your wish. – Jim Jul 18 '18 at 4:14
  • @jim I agree, but that is the sense that the OP was specifically looking for. Look at the first two comments under the question itself. – Jason Bassford Jul 18 '18 at 4:18
  • Yeah, I think OP is a bit inconsistent in what's being asked for. – Jim Jul 18 '18 at 4:20

Perhaps they would prevent your wishes from coming true? Per the Oxford Dictionaries:




  1. Keep (something) from happening or arising.

‘action must be taken to prevent further accidents’

Alternatively, perhaps a synonym of prevent would work? I like thwart, but I could also see rule out, preclude, and forestall fitting.


Rescind- revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement). "the government eventually rescinded the directive" synonyms: revoke, repeal, cancel, reverse, overturn, overrule, annul, nullify, void, invalidate, quash, abolish; More

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