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divest

[dih-vest, dahy-]
verb (used with object)
1.
to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.: The wind divested the trees of their leaves.
2.
to strip or deprive (someone or something), especially of property or rights; dispossess.
3.
to rid of or free from: He divested himself of all responsibility for the decision.
4.
Law. to take away or alienate (property, rights, etc.).
5.
Commerce.
a.
to sell off: to divest holdings.
b.
to rid of through sale: The corporation divested itself of its subsidiaries.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin dīvestīre, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vestīre to dress, vest

undivested, adjective


1. unclothe, denude. 2. See strip1.
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divest (daɪˈvɛst)
 
vb (usually foll by of)
1.  to strip (of clothes): to divest oneself of one's coat
2.  to deprive or dispossess
3.  property law to take away an estate or interest in property vested (in a person)
 
[C17: changed from earlier devest]
 
di'vestible
 
adj
 
divestiture
 
n
 
divesture
 
n
 
di'vestment
 
n

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divest
1560s, from M.Fr. devester "strip of possessions," from O.Fr. desvestir, from des- "away" + vestir "to clothe." The figurative sense of "strip of possessions" is earliest in English; reflexive sense of "to strip oneself of" is from c.1600. Economic sense (implied in divestment) is from 1955. Related:
Divested; divesting.
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