Divest meaning

dĭ-vĕst', dī-
To strip of clothing, equipment, etc.
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To strip, as of clothes.
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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.

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To sell off or otherwise dispose of (a subsidiary company or an investment).
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To devest.
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To deprive or dispossess of rank, rights, etc.
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To disencumber or rid of something unwanted.
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To sell off an asset or assets.
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(archaic) To undress, disrobe.
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To strip, deprive, or dispossess (someone) of something (such as a right, passion, privilege, or prejudice).

You shall never divest me of my right to free speech.

When I wake up, I make a point to divest myself of all my prejudices, ready to start the day.

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To sell off or be rid of through sale, especially of a subsidiary.

In 2011 the company divested an 81% majority stake in its Chinese subsidiary.

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Origin of divest

  • Alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin dīvestīre to undress) of devest
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Alteration of devest, from Middle French devester (“strip of possessions”), from Old French desvestir, from des- (“dis-”) + vestir (“to clothe”).
    From Wiktionary