- to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.: The wind divested the trees of their leaves.
- to strip or deprive (someone or something), especially of property or rights; dispossess.
- to rid of or free from: He divested himself of all responsibility for the decision.
- Law. to take away or alienate (property, rights, etc.).
- to sell off: to divest holdings.
- to rid of through sale: The corporation divested itself of its subsidiaries.
Origin of divest
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Examples from the Web for divest
Waters has become a regular of the various campaigns to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel.Where Ban Ki-Moon Meets Pink Floyd
November 29, 2012
The Presbyterians decided to divest in 2004, and the reaction from establishment Jewish organizations was swift.
They put all their weight into defeating the proposal to divest--and they won, but by a measly two votes.
Their first goal would be to force the university endowments to divest themselves of shares in these banks.Michael Lewis Interviews Himself: Boycott the Banks!
April 17, 2012
And a movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel is gaining force around the world.Israel’s Self-Inflicted Isolation
September 19, 2011
No, no, he could not divest himself of that gown which clung so tightly to his flesh.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It is difficult to divest the mind of facts with which it is most familiar.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
He was in a hurry to divest himself of everything recalling the peasant.The Fortune of the Rougons
Our proclivity to details cannot quite degrade our life and divest it of poetry.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
She will have to divest herself of all her "Kilgobbinries" ere I present her to my friends in town.'Lord Kilgobbin
- to strip (of clothes)to divest oneself of one's coat
- to deprive or dispossess
- property law to take away an estate or interest in property vested (in a person)
Word Origin and History for divest
The figurative sense of "strip of possessions" is earliest in English; reflexive sense of "to strip oneself of" is from c.1600. Economic sense (implied in divestment) is from 1955. Related: Divested; divesting.