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di·vest

 (dĭ-vĕst′, dī-)
tr.v. di·vest·ed, di·vest·ing, di·vests
1. To strip, as of clothes.
2.
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.]

di·vest′ment n.

divest

(daɪˈvɛst)
vb
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]
diˈvestible adj
divestiture, divesture, diˈvestment n

di•vest

(dɪˈvɛst, daɪ-)

v.t.
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.).
5.
a. to sell off.
b. to rid of through sale.
[1595–1605; < Medieval Latin dīvestīre= Latin dī- di-2 + vestīre to dress, vest]
di•ves′ti•ble, adj.

divest


Past participle: divested
Gerund: divesting

Imperative
divest
divest
Present
I divest
you divest
he/she/it divests
we divest
you divest
they divest
Preterite
I divested
you divested
he/she/it divested
we divested
you divested
they divested
Present Continuous
I am divesting
you are divesting
he/she/it is divesting
we are divesting
you are divesting
they are divesting
Present Perfect
I have divested
you have divested
he/she/it has divested
we have divested
you have divested
they have divested
Past Continuous
I was divesting
you were divesting
he/she/it was divesting
we were divesting
you were divesting
they were divesting
Past Perfect
I had divested
you had divested
he/she/it had divested
we had divested
you had divested
they had divested
Future
I will divest
you will divest
he/she/it will divest
we will divest
you will divest
they will divest
Future Perfect
I will have divested
you will have divested
he/she/it will have divested
we will have divested
you will have divested
they will have divested
Future Continuous
I will be divesting
you will be divesting
he/she/it will be divesting
we will be divesting
you will be divesting
they will be divesting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been divesting
you have been divesting
he/she/it has been divesting
we have been divesting
you have been divesting
they have been divesting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been divesting
you will have been divesting
he/she/it will have been divesting
we will have been divesting
you will have been divesting
they will have been divesting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been divesting
you had been divesting
he/she/it had been divesting
we had been divesting
you had been divesting
they had been divesting
Conditional
I would divest
you would divest
he/she/it would divest
we would divest
you would divest
they would divest
Past Conditional
I would have divested
you would have divested
he/she/it would have divested
we would have divested
you would have divested
they would have divested
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.divest - take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"
unarm, disarm - take away the weapons from; render harmless
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"
discharge, free - free from obligations or duties
defrock, unfrock - divest of the frock; of church officials
enthrone, vest, invest - provide with power and authority; "They vested the council with special rights"
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"
invest, commit, put, place - make an investment; "Put money into bonds"
4.divest - remove (someone's or one's own) clothesdivest - 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"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

divest

verb
1. deprive, strip, dispossess, despoil They were divested of all their personal possessions.
2. strip, remove, take off, undress, denude, disrobe, unclothe the formalities of divesting her of her coat

divest

verb
1. To make bare:
2. To take or keep something away from:
Translations

divest

1 [daɪˈvest] VT to divest sb of sthdespojar a algn de algo
to divest o.s. of one's rightsrenunciar a sus derechos
he divested himself of his coat (frm) → se despojó de su abrigo (frm)

divest

2 [daɪˈvest] VT & VI (US) (Fin) → desinvertir

divest

[daɪˈvɛst]
vt (= dispose of) [+ interests, shares] → se défaire de
to divest o.s. of sth (= dispose of) [+ interests, shares] → se défaire de qch; [+ responsibilities] → se soustraire à qch
to divest sb of sth (= rob of) → dépouiller qn de qch
vi (= dispose of interests, shares) → vendre

divest

vt
(of clothes, leaves)berauben; to divest oneself of somethingsich einer Sache (gen)entledigen; to divest somebody of somethingjdn einer Sache (gen)berauben; to be divested of somethingeiner Sache (gen)entledigt/beraubt werden; to divest a site of nuclear materialein Gelände von Strahlenmaterial befreien; he divested her of her coat (hum, form)er nahm ihr den Mantel ab
to divest somebody of office/(his) rankjdn des or seines Amtes/seiner Würden entkleiden (geh)

divest

[daɪˈvɛst] vt (frm) to divest ofspogliare di
References in classic literature ?
In her grief and wounded pride, Hepzibah had spent her life in divesting herself of friends; she had wilfully cast off the support which God has ordained his creatures to need from one another; and it was now her punishment, that Clifford and herself would fall the easier victims to their kindred enemy.
Wopsle was divesting himself of his Danish garments, and here there was just room for us to look at him over one another's shoulders, by keeping the packing-case door, or lid, wide open.
The repairs completed, old Marheyo gave me a paternal hug; and divesting himself of his 'maro' (girdle), swathed the calico about his loins, and slipping the beloved ornaments into his ears, grasped his spear and sallied out of the house, like a valiant Templar arrayed in a new and costly suit of armour.
Here, divesting myself of my clothes, (for there is no reason why we cannot die as we were born), I threw myself headlong into the current; the sole witness of my fate being a solitary crow that had been seduced into the eating of brandy-saturated corn, and so had staggered away from his fellows.
Guppy, divesting himself of his wet dreadnought in the hall.
He drove so directly to the core of the matter, divesting a question always of all superfluous details, and with such an air of finality, that I seemed to find myself struggling in deep water, with no footing under me.
Jasper stands still, and looks on intently at the young fellow, divesting himself of his outward coat, hat, gloves, and so forth.
Mr Verloc went on divesting himself of his clothing with the unnoticing inward concentration of a man undressing in the solitude of a vast and hopeless desert.
He got on his feet, and divesting himself of his cloak hung it on the peg, going through all the motions mechanically.
Each man laid aside the light fowling-piece, which, under the name of a carabine, he carried in virtue of his rank; and divesting himself of every article of exterior or heavy clothing, he stood resembling a dark and fierce looking statue, in the attitude, and nearly in the garb, of nature.
These people are called Shakers from their peculiar form of adoration, which consists of a dance, performed by the men and women of all ages, who arrange themselves for that purpose in opposite parties: the men first divesting themselves of their hats and coats, which they gravely hang against the wall before they begin; and tying a ribbon round their shirt-sleeves, as though they were going to be bled.
If, when those infernal finger-marks were on the white and breathless countenance of Alfred Lammle, Esquire, they denoted that he conceived the purpose of subduing his dear wife Mrs Alfred Lammle, by at once divesting her of any lingering reality or pretence of self-respect, the purpose would seem to have been presently executed.