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English Dictionary: divest by the DICT Development Group
2 results for divest
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"
    Synonym(s): deprive, strip, divest
  2. deprive of status or authority; "he was divested of his rights and his title"; "They disinvested themselves of their rights"
    Synonym(s): divest, disinvest
    Antonym(s): enthrone, invest, vest
  3. 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 university to disinvest in South Africa"
    Synonym(s): divest, disinvest
    Antonym(s): commit, invest, place, put
  4. 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"
    Synonym(s): strip, undress, divest, disinvest
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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 {Devest}, {Vest}.]
      1. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage;
            -- opposed to {invest}.
      2. 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.
                     Wretches divested of every moral feeling.
                     The tendency of the language to divest itself of its
                     gutturals.                                          --Earle.
      3. (Law) See {Devest}. --Mozley & W.
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