What does divest mean?

Definitions for divestdɪˈvɛst, daɪ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word divest.

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. Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini:

    We took a conservative view of what we would need to divest.

  2. Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron:

    We will divest these shares only when they have returned to their normal price.

  3. Jack Allardyce:

    Should low oil prices prevail, they're a quarter or two away from having to cut the dividend, or divest some more assets.

  4. 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.

  5. Larry Noble:

    I think this is a really dangerous area and I think he's going to see it, hopefully he's going to see it, and they're just going to divest.

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