transitive verb Etymology: alteration of devest Date: 1623 1. a. to deprive or dispossess especially of property, authority, or title b. to undress or strip especially of clothing, ornament, or equipment c. rid, free 2. to take away from a person • divestment noun

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  • divest — di‧vest [daɪˈvest, d ] verb FINANCE 1. [transitive] if a group divests one of the companies that it owns, it gets rid of it by selling it: • We fulfilled our commitment to shareholders to divest our downstream business by creating a new company …   Financial and business terms

  • divest — The traditional uses of divest are as a somewhat formal word meaning ‘to undress’ and, in the reflexive form divest oneself of, in the sense ‘to dispossess oneself of’ (typically with reference to rights, powers, etc., or as a humorous… …   Modern English usage

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • divest — di·vest /dī vest, də / vt [Anglo French devestir, literally, to undress, from Old French desvestir, from de(s) , prefix marking reversal + vestir to dress, from Latin vestire]: to deprive or dispossess (oneself) of property through divestiture… …   Law dictionary

  • divest — ► VERB (divest of) 1) deprive or dispossess (someone or something) of. 2) free or rid of. ORIGIN Old French desvestir, from Latin vestire clothe …   English terms dictionary

  • divest — [də vest′, dīvest′] vt. [altered < DEVEST] 1. to strip of clothing, equipment, etc. 2. to deprive or dispossess of rank, rights, etc. 3. to disencumber or rid of something unwanted 4. Law DEVEST SYN. STRIP …   English World dictionary

  • divest — 1560s, devest (modern spelling is c.1600), from M.Fr. devester strip of possessions, from O.Fr. desvestir, from des away (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + vestir to clothe (see VEST (Cf. vest) (v.)). The figurative sense of strip of possessions is earliest… …   Etymology dictionary

  • divest — *strip, denude, bare, dismantle Antonyms: invest, vest (in robes of office, with power or authority): apparel, clothe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • divest — [v] dispossess; take off bankrupt, bare, bereave, bleed, denudate, denude, deprive, despoil, disinherit, dismantle, disrobe, ditch*, doff, dump, eighty six*, lose, milk*, oust, plunder, remove, rob, seize, spoil, strip, take from, unclothe,… …   New thesaurus

  • divest — di|vest [daıˈvest, dı ] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Old French; Origin: desvestir to undress , from Latin vestire to dress ] [I and T] technical if a company divests, it sells some of its ↑assets, ↑investments etc ▪ pressure on hospitals to divest… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • divest — verb divest sb of sth phrasal verb (T) formal 1 divest yourself of to take off something you are wearing or carrying: Pedro divested himself of his overcoat and boots. 2 to get rid of something that you own: divest yourself of: A new minister… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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