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verb (used with object)
  1. Law. to divest.
  2. Obsolete. to remove the clothes from; undress.
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Origin of devest

1555–65; < Middle French desvester, Old French desvestir, equivalent to des- dis-1 + vestir to clothe < Latin vestīre; see divest
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  • What a mischievous alteration in spelling is divest instead of devest.

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    Richard Chevenix Trench

British Dictionary definitions for devest


  1. (tr) a rare variant spelling of divest
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