from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To strip, as of clothes.
- transitive v. To deprive, as of rights or property; dispossess.
- transitive v. To free of; rid: "Most secretive of men, let him at last divest himself of secrets, both his and ours” ( Brendan Gill).
- transitive v. To sell off or otherwise dispose of (a subsidiary company or an investment).
- transitive v. Law To devest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To undress, disrobe.
- v. To strip, deprive, or dispossess (someone) of something (such as a right, passion, privilege, or prejudice).
- v. To sell off or be rid of through sale, especially of a subsidiary
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to
- transitive v. Fig.: To strip; to deprive; to dispossess
- transitive v. See Devest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strip of clothes, arms, or equipage; hence, to strip of anything that surrounds or attends; despoil: opposed to invest: as, to divest one of his reputation.
- To strip by some definite or legal process; deprive: as, to divest a person of his rights or privileges; to divest one of title or property.
- To strip off; throw off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
- v. reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)
- v. deprive of status or authority
- v. take away possessions from someone
Alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin dīvestīre, to undress) of devest.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of devest, after Latin divestire. (Wiktionary)