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Definitions of divest

  1. deprive of status or authority Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. take away one's investment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment); "The company decided to divest"; "the board of trustees divested $20 million in real estate property"; "There was pressure on the univeristy to disinvest in South Africa" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. deprive of status or authority; "he was divested of his rights and his title"; "They disinvested themselves of their rights" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. See Devest. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; - opposed to invest. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To strip or deprive of anything; despoil; make bare. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To strip or deprive of anything. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To strip; dispossess; deprive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To strip of, as clothes, arms, or equipage; to deprive. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. 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.
  14. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to invest. mso.anu.edu.au
  15. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; opposed to invest. dictgcide_fs
  16. di-vest', v.t. to strip or deprive of anything.--adj. DIVEST'IBLE.--ns. DIVEST'ITURE, DIVEST'MENT (rare). [L. devest[=i]re--dis, neg., vest[=i]re, to clothe--vestis, a garment.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Unclothe; strip of garment &c.; deprive, rid, of (d. oneself of, abandon). Hence divestment, divestiture, nn. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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