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.
- un·di·vest·ed, adjective
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How to use divest in a sentence
Georgetown made another step toward its sustainability goals earlier this year when officials shared plans to divest from fossil fuel companies, in part because of the threat of climate change.Georgetown University to power campus with electricity from solar plants | Lauren Lumpkin | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
He said fully divesting from any specific industry is very complicated.Environment Report: San Diego’s Still Got Fossil Fuel Stock | MacKenzie Elmer | October 26, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
When they come, it’s likely that the Justice Department and FTC antitrust cases will include a request, among other remedies, that key properties be divested to restore competition.Congressional report blasts Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook as monopolistic ‘gatekeepers’ of the digital economy | Greg Sterling | October 7, 2020 | Search Engine Land
With a great strategy, you should see solid results by six months, and even more solid results by a year, but these results don’t just disappear the second you decide to divest and reallocate your marketing budget to something else.Five reasons why SEO should be prioritized over paid media campaigns | Ryan Gould | September 4, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
“I think police culture has become radically divested from the communities they’re supposed to serve,” Ginzel said.A Closer Look at the Public Art at Chicago Police Stations | by Logan Jaffe | August 21, 2020 | ProPublica
The time is ripe—and right—for action to begin that would divest Russia of the World Cup and award it to another nation.
Waters has become a regular of the various campaigns to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel.
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! | Michael Lewis | April 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I endeavoured to divest myself of all selfish bias, and loved more and more to inquire into religious subjects.Fox's Book of Martyrs | John Foxe
So shall you compass the glory of the whole world, and divest yourself of the abjectness of humanity.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
Yet if we could only divest it of its evil smell, the wild Wood Garlick would rank among the most beautiful of our British plants.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare | Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
So we see that the State of Illinois did not quite divest itself of the barbarisms of the common law.The College, the Market, and the Court | Caroline H. Dall
divest chivalry of the religious element, and you take away its glory and its fascination.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V | John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for divest
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)
- divestible, adjective
- divestiture (daɪˈvɛstɪtʃə), divesture (daɪˈvɛstʃə) or divestment, noun
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