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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•vestdɪˈvɛst, daɪ-(v.t.)

  1. to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.

  2. to strip or deprive (someone or something), esp. of property or rights; dispossess.

  3. to rid of or free from:

    to divest oneself of responsibility for a decision.

  4. to take away (property, legal rights, etc.).

    Category: Law

  5. to sell off. to rid of through sale.

    Category: Business

Origin of divest:

1595–1605; < ML dīvestīre= L dī-di -2+vestīre to dress, vest


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

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