[ US /daɪˈvɛst, dɪˈvɛst/ ]
[ UK /da‍ɪvˈɛst/ ]
  1. deprive of status or authority
    They disinvested themselves of their rights
    he was divested of his rights and his title
  2. take away possessions from someone
    The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets
  3. reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)
    the board of trustees divested $20 million in real estate property
    There was pressure on the university to disinvest in South Africa
    The company decided to divest
  4. remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
    He disinvested himself of his garments
    The nurse quickly undressed the accident victim
    She divested herself of her outdoor clothes
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How To Use divest In A Sentence

  • Prayer, and receive the Sacrament every day; because they do not subject and submit themselves wholly and entirely to him that hath Light, nor deny and conquer themselves, nor give up themselves totally to God, with a perfect divesting and disinteresting of themselves: In a word, till the Soul be purified in the Fire of Inward Pain, it will never get to a State of The spiritual guide which disentangles the soul / by Michael de Molinos ; edited with an introduction by Kathleen Lyttelton and a note by H. Scott Holland.
  • What a charming possession of himself, that he could be in such a brangle, as I may call it, and which might have had fatal consequences; yet be so wholly, and so soon, divested of the subject; and so infinitely agreeable upon half a score others, as they offered from one or other as we sat at tea! Sir Charles Grandison
  • When a government takes control of a failing firm and injects capital but with the plan to divest as soon as practicable, that is a receivership/conservatorship, not socialism. abb1 says: Matthew Yglesias » Americans Don’t Like “Socialism” But Many Democrats Do
  • A lead trader in a bank, he is complicit as his company tries to divest itself of toxic holdings before they destroy it. Times, Sunday Times
  • Pasgen allowed himself to be divested of three of the amulets he had marked because to fail to chaffer would also mark him as unusual; however, he was growing impatient and finally made as if to throw down the amulets he was holding and walk away. Ill Met By Moonlight
  • Prescription (a slight modification of the older usucaption) is the dispensing with evidence of title, and is acquisitive when it is the means of acquiring Ownership and extinctive (divestitive) when it bars a right of action. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy
  • And the companies that fail to find them quickly will be subject to a new round of divestitures and consolidations.
  • The manager divested himself of all reponsibility for the decision.
  • Dondo managed to complete his divestiture of the pearl tiara. THE CURSE OF CHALION
  • Accordingly, corporate executives frequently explain proposed or actual divestitures and spin-offs by citing such difficulties.
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