Definition of divest verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    divest

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1divest somebody/yourself of something to remove clothes He divested himself of his jacket.
  2. 2divest yourself of something to get rid of something The company is divesting itself of some of its assets.
  3. 3divest somebody/something of something to take something away from somebody/something After her illness she was divested of much of her responsibility.
  4. Word Origin early 17th cent.: alteration of devest, from Old French desvestir, from des- (expressing removal) + Latin vestire (from vestis ‘garment’).
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