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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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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
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

divest

verb
1. To make bare:
2. To take or keep something away from:
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

divest

[daɪˈvɛst] vt (frm) to divest ofspogliare di
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Let the compromising expedient of the Constitution be mutually adopted, which regards them as inhabitants, but as debased by servitude below the equal level of free inhabitants, which regards the SLAVE as divested of two fifths of the MAN.
Mr Dowling was indeed very greatly affected with this relation; for he had not divested himself of humanity by being an attorney.
The smaller red champion had fastened himself like a vice to his adversary's front, and through all the tumblings on that field never for an instant ceased to gnaw at one of his feelers near the root, having already caused the other to go by the board; while the stronger black one dashed him from side to side, and, as I saw on looking nearer, had already divested him of several of his members.
Jane escorted them all upstairs, while Miranda watched the cooking of the supper; but Rebecca promptly took the two little girls away from their mother, divested them of their wraps, smoothed their hair, and brought them down to the kitchen to smell the beans.
When I descended thence--having divested myself of all travelling encumbrances, and arranged my toilet with due consideration for the feelings of my lady hostess, she conducted me herself to the room I was to occupy when I chose to be alone, or when she was engaged with visitors, or obliged to be with her mother-in-law, or otherwise prevented, as she said, from enjoying the pleasure of my society.
Then the Englishman slowly divested himself of his clothing.
Thus for a time the rupture between De Montfort and his king was healed, and although the great nobleman was divested of his authority in Gascony he suffered little further oppression at the hands of his royal master.
So as it was pretty late now, and he was unwilling to ring his bell at that hour of the night, he slipped on his coat, of which he had just divested himself, and taking the japanned candlestick in his hand, walked quietly downstairs.
Pickwick sat down on the rush-bottomed chair, and leisurely divested himself of his shoes and gaiters.
Finally, the Mohican himself reappeared, divested of all his attire, except his girdle and leggings, and with one-half of his fine features hid under a cloud of threatening black.
According to the FTC, BSC's bland bead business must be divested with its DEB business to ensure the divestiture's effectiveness.