- Divest is defined as to take something away from someone, or to rid yourself of something.
- When you take power away from the president of a club, this is an example of a time when you divest.
- When you get rid of poorly performing investments, this is an example of a time when you divest your portfolio.
- to strip of clothing, equipment, etc.
- to deprive or dispossess of rank, rights, etc.
- to disencumber or rid of something unwanted
- Law devest
Origin: altered ; from devest
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transitive verb di·vest·ed, di·vest·ing, di·vests
- To strip, as of clothes.
- a. To deprive, as of rights or property; dispossess.b. To free of; rid: “Most secretive of men, let him at last divest himself of secrets, both his and ours” (Brendan Gill).
- To sell off or otherwise dispose of (a subsidiary company or an investment).
- Law To devest.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin dīvestīre, to undress) of devest.
- di·vestˈment noun