Devest
Devest De*vest", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Devesting}.] [L. devestire to undress; de + vestire to dress: cf. OF. devestir, F. d['e]v[^e]tir. Cf. {Divest}.] 1. To divest; to undress. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To take away, as an authority, title, etc., to deprive; to alienate, as an estate. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word is now generally written divest, except in the legal sense. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Devest — De*vest , v. i. (Law) To be taken away, lost, or alienated, as a title or an estate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devest — de·vest /di vest/ vt: divest Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • devest — [dē vest′, divest′] vt. [OFr devester < L devestire, to undress < dis , from + vestire, to dress < vestis, a dress: see VEST] 1. Obs. to undress; strip 2. Law a) to take away (a right, property, etc.) b) Archaic to strip of a title, etc …   English World dictionary

  • devest — transitive verb Etymology: Middle French desvestir, from Medieval Latin disvestire, from Latin dis + vestire to clothe more at vest Date: 1563 divest …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • devest — /di vest /, v.t. 1. Law. to divest. 2. Obs. to remove the clothes from; undress. [1555 65; < MF desvester, OF desvestir, equiv. to des DIS 1 + vestir to clothe < L vestire; see DIVEST] * * * …   Universalium

  • devest — v. strip, denude, remove clothing or other covering; dispossess, deprive of; get rid of; transfer rights; cancel rights (also divest) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • devest — de·vest …   English syllables

  • devest — de•vest [[t]dɪˈvɛst[/t]] v. t. law divest 4) • Etymology: 1555–65; < MF desvester, OF desvestir=des dis I+vestir to clothe < L vestīre; see divest …   From formal English to slang

  • devest — To deprive or dispossess of a title or right (e.g. of an estate) …   Black's law dictionary

  • devest — To deprive or dispossess of a title or right (e.g. of an estate) …   Black's law dictionary

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