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Meaning of DIVEST

Pronunciation:  di'vest

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  take away one's investment
  2. [v]  take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"
  3. [v]  deprive of status or authority

DIVEST is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: deprive, strip
 Antonyms: commit, enthrone, invest, invest, place, put, vest
 See Also: bereave, clean, clean out, defrock, dethrone, disarm, discharge, dispossess, draw, draw off, expropriate, free, orphan, take, take out, unarm, unclothe, unfrock, unsex, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Di*vest"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Divested}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Divesting}.] [LL. divestire (di- = dis- + L. vestire to
dress), equiv. to L. devestire. It is the same word as
devest, but the latter is rarely used except as a technical
term in law. See {Devest}, {Vest}.]
1. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage;
   -- opposed to {invest}.

2. Fig.: To strip; to deprive; to dispossess; as, to divest
   one of his rights or privileges; to divest one's self of
   prejudices, passions, etc.

         Wretches divested of every moral feeling.

         The tendency of the language to divest itself of its
         gutturals.                            --Earle.

3. (Law) See {Devest}. --Mozley & W.

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