Definitions for divestdɪˈvɛst, daɪ-
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deprive, strip, divest(verb)
take away possessions from someone
"The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"
deprive of status or authority
"he was divested of his rights and his title"; "They disinvested themselves of their rights"
reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)
"The company decided to divest"; "the board of trustees divested $20 million in real estate property"; "There was pressure on the university to disinvest in South Africa"
strip, undress, divest, disinvest(verb)
remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
"The nurse quickly undressed the accident victim"; "She divested herself of her outdoor clothes"; "He disinvested himself of his garments"
To undress, disrobe.
To strip, deprive, or dispossess (someone) of something (such as a right, passion, privilege, or prejudice).
To sell off or be rid of through sale, especially of a subsidiary
In 2011 the company divested an 81% majority stake in its Chinese subsidiary.
Origin: Alteration of devest, after Latin divestire.
to unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to invest
fig.: To strip; to deprive; to dispossess; as, to divest one of his rights or privileges; to divest one's self of prejudices, passions, etc
Origin: [LL. divestire (di- = dis- + L. vestire to dress), equiv. to L. devestire. It is the same word as devest, but the latter is rarely used except as a technical term in law. See Devest, Vest.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We took a conservative view of what we would need to divest.
We will divest these shares only when they have returned to their normal price.
Should low oil prices prevail, they're a quarter or two away from having to cut the dividend, or divest some more assets.
Any time you're down to two players or less you have a problem that needs to be resolved, three, you may still have to divest.
The interest in the sale of the seed assets has been extraordinary, giving us confidence that we can divest the businesses at an attractive price.
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