verb (used with object)
- to sell off: to divest holdings.
- to rid of through sale: The corporation divested itself of its subsidiaries.
Origin of divest
Examples from the Web for divest
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|DAILY BEAST
And a movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel is gaining force around the world.
There was, however, an aukward consciousness in my conduct towards him, I could not divest myself of.The Sylph, Volume I and II|Georgiana Cavendish
And in order to divest them of those he admits for the sake of argument that they are what in reality they are not.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II|Martin Luther
But do what she would, St. Udo could not divest himself of the conviction that she and the fair Sabrina figure were identical.Faithful Margaret|Annie Ashmore
In order, therefore, to divest our statement of all ornament, we shall describe the whole of the events of an agricultural year.
"No need to use strong language, Mr. Mallalieu," he said deprecatingly, as he calmly proceeded to divest the other hand.The Borough Treasurer|Joseph Smith Fletcher
verb (tr usually foll by of)
Word Origin 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.