What does divest mean?

Definitions for divestdɪˈvɛst, daɪ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deprive, strip, divest(verb)

    take away possessions from someone

    "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"

  2. divest, disinvest(verb)

    deprive of status or authority

    "he was divested of his rights and his title"; "They disinvested themselves of their rights"

  3. divest, disinvest(verb)

    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"

  4. 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"


  1. divest(Verb)

    To undress, disrobe.

  2. divest(Verb)

    To strip, deprive, or dispossess (someone) of something (such as a right, passion, privilege, or prejudice).

  3. divest(Verb)

    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.

  4. Origin: Alteration of devest, after Latin divestire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Divest(verb)

    to unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to invest

  2. Divest(verb)

    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

  3. Divest(verb)

    see Devest

  4. 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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Divest

    di-vest′, v.t. to strip or deprive of anything.—adj. Divest′ible.—ns. Divest′iture, Divest′ment (rare). [L. devestīredis, neg., vestīre, to clothe—vestis, a garment.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of divest in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of divest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andre Barlow:

    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.

  2. Monsanto Chairman Hugh Grant:

    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.

  3. Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini:

    Let a judge decide. Is Medicare Advantage competitive with Medicare fee-for-service? If that is indeed the case, then there isn't any market we need to divest, if we have to divest, can we provide an appropriate remedy? And we have.

  4. Chris Geier:

    Either divest themselves of the business that they are in that is in direct competition with Broadcom - and now Avago - or find a way to grow their presence, they are going to have to do one or the other. The status quo for them at this point won't work.

  5. Admiral Hyman Rickover:

    Responsiblity is a unique concept. It can only reside and inhere in a single individual. You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you. You may disclaim it, but you cannot divest yourself of it.

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