di·vest /daɪˈvɛst, də-/
Di·vest v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divested; p. pr. & vb. n. Divesting.]
1. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to invest.
2. Fig.: To strip; to deprive; to dispossess; as, to divest one of his rights or privileges; to divest one's self of prejudices, passions, etc.
Wretches divested of every moral feeling. --Goldsmith.
The tendency of the language to divest itself of its gutturals. --Earle.
3. Law See Devest.
v 1: take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the
Jews of all their assets" [syn: deprive, strip]
2: deprive of status or authority; "he was divested of his
rights and his title"; "They disinvested themselves of
their rights" [syn: disinvest] [ant: invest]
3: reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment); "The
company decided to divest"; "the board of trustees
divested $20 million in real estate property"; "There was
pressure on the univeristy to disinvest in South Africa"
[syn: disinvest] [ant: invest]
4: remove (someone's or one's own) clothes; "The nurse quickly
undressed the accident victim"; "She divested herself of
her outdoor clothes"; "He disinvested himself of his
garments" [syn: strip, undress, disinvest]