divest
di·vest /dī-'vest, də-/ vt [Anglo-French devestir, literally, to undress, from Old French desvestir, from de(s) -, prefix marking reversal + vestir to dress, from Latin vestire]: to deprive or dispossess (oneself) of property through divestiture
di·vest·ment n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

divest
I verb attach, confiscate, depose, deprive, despoil, discharge, disendow, disentitle, dislodge, displace, dispossess, disrobe, disseize, distrain, drive out, evict, expel, expropriate, forfeit, lay bare, lay open, oust, reduce, relieve, remove, seize, strip, take away, uncover, unseat associated concepts: divesting of title, divestiture of rights II index adeem, confiscate, demote, denude, depose (remove), deprive, despoil, diminish, disinherit, disown (refuse to acknowledge), dispossess, distrain, eject (evict), excise (cut away), expose, levy, plunder, remove (dismiss from office), remove (eliminate), unveil

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


divest
To deprive or take away.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


divest
To deprive or take away.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • divest — di‧vest [daɪˈvest, d ] verb FINANCE 1. [transitive] if a group divests one of the companies that it owns, it gets rid of it by selling it: • We fulfilled our commitment to shareholders to divest our downstream business by creating a new company …   Financial and business terms

  • divest — The traditional uses of divest are as a somewhat formal word meaning ‘to undress’ and, in the reflexive form divest oneself of, in the sense ‘to dispossess oneself of’ (typically with reference to rights, powers, etc., or as a humorous… …   Modern English usage

  • divest of — [phrasal verb] formal 1 divest (someone or something) of (something) : to take (something) away from (someone or something else) : to cause (someone or something) to lose or give up (something) The document does not divest her of her right to use …   Useful english dictionary

  • Divest — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • divest — ► VERB (divest of) 1) deprive or dispossess (someone or something) of. 2) free or rid of. ORIGIN Old French desvestir, from Latin vestire clothe …   English terms dictionary

  • divest — [də vest′, dīvest′] vt. [altered < DEVEST] 1. to strip of clothing, equipment, etc. 2. to deprive or dispossess of rank, rights, etc. 3. to disencumber or rid of something unwanted 4. Law DEVEST SYN. STRIP …   English World dictionary

  • divest — 1560s, devest (modern spelling is c.1600), from M.Fr. devester strip of possessions, from O.Fr. desvestir, from des away (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + vestir to clothe (see VEST (Cf. vest) (v.)). The figurative sense of strip of possessions is earliest… …   Etymology dictionary

  • divest — *strip, denude, bare, dismantle Antonyms: invest, vest (in robes of office, with power or authority): apparel, clothe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • divest — [v] dispossess; take off bankrupt, bare, bereave, bleed, denudate, denude, deprive, despoil, disinherit, dismantle, disrobe, ditch*, doff, dump, eighty six*, lose, milk*, oust, plunder, remove, rob, seize, spoil, strip, take from, unclothe,… …   New thesaurus

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