from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Law To take away (a right or possession, for example).
- transitive v. Archaic To remove the clothing or covering of.
- transitive v. Archaic To deprive of a title, right, or item of property.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be taken away, lost, or alienated, as a title or an estate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divest; to undress.
- transitive v. To take away, as an authority, title, etc., to deprive; to alienate, as an estate.
- intransitive v. To be taken away, lost, or alienated, as a title or an estate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove vesture from; undress.
- To divest; strip; free.
- In law, to alienate; annul, as title or right; deprive of title.
- In law, to be lost or alienated, as a title or an estate.
Obsolete French desvestir, to undress, from Medieval Latin disvestīre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin vestis, garment; see wes-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
de- + vest? (Wiktionary)