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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Example sentences
Professors who want to start an intimate relationship with a student should divest themselves of all professional.
It still oversees the firm as it closes down those positions and seeks to divest more mundane operating units.
But it could take the government as long as three years to fully divest.
If tenured faculty were serious about being real unionists, they would divest themselves of all managerial powers.
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