divest

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.

Primary Meanings of divest

1.
v
take away possessions from someone
2.
v
remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
Full Definitions of divest
1

v take away possessions from someone

Synonyms:
deprive, strip
Types:
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disarm, unarm
take away the weapons from; render harmless
expropriate
deprive of possessions
clean
deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
dispossess
deprive of the possession of real estate
clean out
deprive completely of money or goods
unclothe
strip
orphan
deprive of parents
bereave
deprive through death
demilitarise, demilitarize
do away with the military organization and potential of
Type of:
take
take into one's possession

v 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
Antonyms:
commit, invest, place, put
make an investment
Type of:
draw, draw off, take out, withdraw
remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

v deprive of status or authority

“he was divested of his rights and his title”
Synonyms:
disinvest
Antonyms:
enthrone, invest, vest
provide with power and authority
Types:
dethrone
remove a monarch from the throne
defrock, unfrock
remove from one's position in the church
Type of:
discharge, free
free from obligations or duties
2

v 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
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

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