Definitions of divest

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. See Devest. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; - opposed to invest. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To strip or deprive of anything; despoil; make bare. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To strip or deprive of anything. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. deprive of status or authority Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. remove (someone's or one's own) clothes; "The nurse quickly undressed the accident victim"; "She divested herself of her outdoor clothes"; "He disinvested himself of his garments" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. deprive of status or authority; "he was divested of his rights and his title"; "They disinvested themselves of their rights" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. To strip of, as clothes, arms, or equipage; to deprive. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To strip, as of clothes, arms, &c.; to deprive of; to dispossess. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for divest

  1. Yet Elmendorf could never divest himself of the idea that without him to warn, advise, or control, chaos would come again. – A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike by Charles King
  2. But I will go one step further and say that I think that many earnest men do great harm to the causes they advocate, because they treat ideas so heavily, and divest them of their charm. – Joyous Gard by Arthur Christopher Benson