- Obs. to undress; strip
- to take away (a right, property, etc.)
- Archaic to strip of a title, etc.
Origin of devestOld French devester from Classical Latin devestire, to undress from dis-, from + vestire, to dress from vestis, a dress: see vest
transitive verbde·vest·ed, de·vest·ing, de·vests
- Law To take away (a right or possession, especially an interest that has vested, such as the right to an estate).
- Archaic a. To remove the clothing or covering of.b. To deprive of a title, right, or item of property.
Origin of devestObsolete French desvestir to undress from Medieval Latin disvestīre Latin dis- dis- Latin vestis garment ; see wes-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present devests, present participle devesting, simple past and past participle devested)
From Middle French devester (“strip of possessions”), from Old French desvestir, from des- (“dis-”) + vestir (“to clothe”)