Their first goal would be to force the university endowments to divest themselves of shares in these banks.
Mitt Romney has tried politically to divest himself of the health-care reform bill he signed into law as Massachusetts governor.
The Presbyterians decided to divest in 2004, and the reaction from establishment Jewish organizations was swift.
And a movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel is gaining force around the world.
Waters has become a regular of the various campaigns to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel.
Anyway, under the scheme recommended, the Government cannot divest itself of the fullest responsibility in the matter.
No, no, he could not divest himself of that gown which clung so tightly to his flesh.
She could not divest herself of a vague presentiment that something would happen to keep Betty until to-morrow.
It is difficult to divest the mind of facts with which it is most familiar.
I divest myself of the little superiority which age may have given me.
1560s, devest (modern spelling is c.1600), from Middle French devester "strip of possessions," from Old French desvestir, from des- "away" (see dis-) + vestir "to clothe" (see vest (v.)).
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.