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or divestment

[dih-ves-ti-cher, -choo r or dih-vest-muh nt; dahy-] /dɪˈvɛs tɪ tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər or dɪˈvɛst mənt; daɪ-/
the act of divesting.
the state of being divested.
something, as property or investments, that has been divested:
to reexamine the company's acquisitions and divestitures.
Also, divesture
[dih-ves-cher, -choo r, dahy-] /dɪˈvɛs tʃər, -tʃʊər, daɪ-/ (Show IPA)
. the sale of business holdings or part of a company, especially under legal compulsion.
Origin of divestiture
First recorded in 1595-1605; di-2 + (in)vestiture Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Having effected her divesture, she left her to herself for a while, and proceeded to procure her some refreshments.

    Hildebrand Anonymous
Word Origin and History for divesture



c.1600, from divest on analogy of investiture. Economics sense is from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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divesture in Culture
divestiture [(deye-ves-tuh-chuhr, deye-ves-tuh-choor)]

The act of a corporation or conglomerate in getting rid of a subsidiary company or division. In a tactic to pressure South Africa to end apartheid, during the 1980s many Americans and Europeans urged divestiture on corporations doing business in South Africa.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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