Divest Di*vest", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Divested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Divesting}.] [LL. divestire (di- = dis- + L. vestire to dress), equiv. to L. devestire. It is the same word as devest, but the latter is rarely used except as a technical term in law. See {Devest}, {Vest}.] 1. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to {invest}. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To strip; to deprive; to dispossess; as, to divest one of his rights or privileges; to divest one's self of prejudices, passions, etc. [1913 Webster]

Wretches divested of every moral feeling. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

The tendency of the language to divest itself of its gutturals. --Earle. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) See {Devest}. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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