- 1divest somebody/yourself of something to remove clothes He divested himself of his jacket.
- 2divest yourself of something to get rid of something The company is divesting itself of some of its assets.
- 3divest somebody/something of something to take something away from somebody/something After her illness she was divested of much of her responsibility. Word Origin early 17th cent.: alteration of devest, from Old French desvestir, from des- (expressing removal) + Latin vestire (from vestis
BrE BrE//daɪˈvest//; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvest//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they divest
BrE BrE//daɪˈvest//; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvest//he / she / it divests
BrE BrE//daɪˈvests//; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvests//past simple divested
BrE BrE//daɪˈvestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvestɪd//past participle divested
BrE BrE//daɪˈvestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvestɪd//-ing form divesting
BrE BrE//daɪˈvestɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈvestɪŋ//