It could be your wine portfolio, your stake in a mining company, or even the extra coats that are taking up space in your closet. Whatever it is, when you divest something, you get rid of it.

Divest is sort of a fancy way to say “dispose of.” It’s often used in a business context to describe companies or governments that divest some of their holdings by selling them off. It can also be used in the sense of taking something away from someone. For example if your boss becomes insane and power mad, his handlers may divest him of his title, meaning his position is taken away from him.

Definitions of divest
  1. verb
    take away possessions from someone
    synonyms: deprive, strip
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    disarm, unarm
    take away the weapons from; render harmless
    deprive of possessions
    deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
    deprive of the possession of real estate
    clean out
    deprive completely of money or goods
    deprive of parents
    deprive through death
    demilitarise, demilitarize
    do away with the military organization and potential of
    type of:
    take into one's possession
  2. verb
    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”
    synonyms: disinvest
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    commit, invest, place, put
    make an investment
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    draw, draw off, take out, withdraw
    remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
  3. verb
    deprive of status or authority
    “he was divested of his rights and his title”
    synonyms: disinvest
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    enthrone, invest, vest
    provide with power and authority
    remove a monarch from the throne
    defrock, unfrock
    remove from one's position in the church
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    discharge, free
    free from obligations or duties
  4. verb
    remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
    “She divested herself of her outdoor clothes”
    synonyms: disinvest, strip, undress
    discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
    get undressed
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
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