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tr.v. di·vest·ed, di·vest·ing, di·vests
1. To strip, as of clothes.
a. To deprive, as of rights or property; dispossess.
b. To free of; rid: "Most secretive of men, let him at last divest himself of secrets, both his and ours" (Brendan Gill).
3. To sell off or otherwise dispose of (a subsidiary company or an investment).
4. Law To devest.
[Alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin dīvestīre, to undress) of devest.]
1. (Clothing & Fashion) to strip (of clothes): to divest oneself of one's coat.
2. to deprive or dispossess
3. (Law) property law to take away an estate or interest in property vested in (a person)
[C17: changed from earlier devest]
divestiture, divesture, diˈvestment n
1. to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.
2. to strip or deprive (someone or something), esp. of property or rights; dispossess.
3. to rid of or free from: to divest oneself of responsibility for a decision.
4. to take away (property, legal rights, etc.).
a. to sell off.
b. to rid of through sale.
Past participle: divested
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|Verb||1.||divest - take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"|
expropriate - deprive of possessions; "The Communist government expropriated the landowners"
clean - deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; "The other players cleaned him completely"
take - take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
dispossess - deprive of the possession of real estate
clean out - deprive completely of money or goods; "The robbers cleaned us out in a couple of hours"
unclothe - strip; "unclothe your heart of envy"
unsex - deprive of sex or sexual powers
orphan - deprive of parents
bereave - deprive through death
|2.||divest - deprive of status or authority; "he was divested of his rights and his title"; "They disinvested themselves of their rights"|
dethrone - remove a monarch from the throne; "If the King does not abdicate, he will have to be dethroned"
|3.||divest - reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment); "The company decided to divest"; "the board of trustees divested $20 million in real estate property"; "There was pressure on the university to disinvest in South Africa"|
draw off, take out, withdraw, draw - remove (a commodity) from (a supply source); "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"
|4.||divest - remove (someone's or one's own) clothes; "The nurse quickly undressed the accident victim"; "She divested herself of her outdoor clothes"; "He disinvested himself of his garments"|
discase, disrobe, strip down, uncase, undress, strip, unclothe, peel - get undressed; "please don't undress in front of everybody!"; "She strips in front of strangers every night for a living"
(of clothes, leaves) → berauben; to divest oneself of something → sich einer Sache (gen) → entledigen; to divest somebody of something → jdn einer Sache (gen) → berauben; to be divested of something → einer Sache (gen) → entledigt/beraubt werden; to divest a site of nuclear material → ein Gelände von Strahlenmaterial befreien; he divested her of her coat (hum, form) → er nahm ihr den Mantel ab