Divest

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 divest of — [phrasal verb] formal 1 divest (someone or something) of (something) : to take (something) away from (someone or something else) : to cause (someone or something) to lose or give up (something) The document does not divest her of her right to use …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 divest of — index abridge (divest) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 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

  • 12 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

  • 13 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

  • 14 divest — v. (formal) (d; refl., tr.) to divest of (they divested themselves of all stocks and bonds) * * * [daɪ vest] (formal) (d; refl., tr.) to divest of (they divested themselves of all stocks and bonds) (formal) (d; refl., tr.) to divest of (they… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 divest — [[t]daɪve̱st, AM dɪ [/t]] divests, divesting, divested 1) VERB If you divest yourself of something that you own or are responsible for, you get rid of it or stop being responsible for it. [FORMAL] [V pron refl of n] The company divested itself of …

    English dictionary

  • 16 divest — UK [daɪˈvest] / US [dɪˈvest] / US [daɪˈvest] verb [transitive] Word forms divest : present tense I/you/we/they divest he/she/it divests present participle divesting past tense divested past participle divested formal to take away someone s power …

    English dictionary

  • 17 divest — /di vest , duy /, v.t. 1. to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.: The wind divested the trees of their leaves. 2. to strip or deprive (someone or something), esp. of property or rights; dispossess. 3. to rid of or free from: He divested himself of… …

    Universalium

  • 18 divest — verb /daɪˈvɛst,dɪˈvɛst/ a) To undress, disrobe. Having divested the child he kissed her gently and gave her a little pat to make her stand off. b) To strip, deprive, or dispossess (someone) something (such as a …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 divest — (entrée créée par le supplément) (di vê) s. m. Terme d ancien droit. Action de dépouiller quelqu un d une possession. •   Décret du 19 septembre 1790 : art. 3 : à dater du jour où les tribunaux de districts seront installés dans les pays de… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 20 divest — di|vest [ dı vest, daı vest ] verb transitive FORMAL to take away someone s power, rights, or authority divest yourself of something VERY FORMAL 1. ) to take off something you are wearing 2. ) to get rid of something, for example by selling it …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English