Divest Definition

dĭ-vĕst, dī-
divested, divesting, divests
divested, divesting, divests
To strip of clothing, equipment, etc.
Webster's New World
To sell off an asset or assets.
Webster's New World
To deprive or dispossess of rank, rights, etc.
Webster's New World
To disencumber or rid of something unwanted.
Webster's New World
To sell off or otherwise dispose of (a subsidiary company or an investment).
American Heritage

Origin of Divest

  • Alteration of devest, from Middle French devester (“strip of possessions”), from Old French desvestir, from des- (“dis-”) + vestir (“to clothe”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin dīvestīre to undress) of devest

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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