• WordNet 3.6
    • v divest remove (someone's or one's own) clothes "The nurse quickly undressed the accident victim","She divested herself of her outdoor clothes","He disinvested himself of his garments"
    • v divest reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment) "The company decided to divest","the board of trustees divested $20 million in real estate property","There was pressure on the university to disinvest in South Africa"
    • v divest take away possessions from someone "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"
    • v divest deprive of status or authority "he was divested of his rights and his title","They disinvested themselves of their rights"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Divest 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."
    • Divest (Law) See Devest.
    • Divest To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to invest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • divest 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.
    • divest 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.
    • divest To strip off; throw off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Divest di-vest′ to strip or deprive of anything
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  • Henry Miller
    “Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. devestīredis, neg., vestīre, to clothe—vestis, a garment.


In literature:

He had descended from his throne, and divested himself of all his splendour, being now dressed in a plain tobe and burnouse.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
The fat landlord, divested of his wig, which he only wore on high days and holidays, was rubbing his shiny pate with satisfaction.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
They have a mortal reluctance to divest themselves of the smallest attribute of independent separate sovereignties.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)" by John Marshall
Anne stood in the middle of the library, divested of her warm fur coat.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
It may order the divestment or rearrangement of properties.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
Had he sought purposely to divest himself of hope he could not have done it.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Proximity to the Church of Rome divests its fulminations of half their terrors.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Divesting himself of coat and vest, he stepped before the mirror and shaved off his gray mustache.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
The darky's plan was decided on, and divesting himself of his trowsers, he waded into the 'run' to take the soundings.
"Continental Monthly , Vol I, Issue I, January 1862" by Various
It is a pine-tree divested of its lower branches, and having only a small tuft at the top remaining.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
She could not divest herself of these feelings at once.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
Nevertheless, as Christians we must endeavor to divest ourselves of it.
"Aliens or Americans?" by Howard B. Grose
All that I ask of you is that you divest your mind of these senseless suspicions.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Whatever divested the Scriptures of this eastern glow received his outright indignation.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
May I then divest my soul of those passions which will unfit it for the abodes of peace!
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
Bill had divested himself of the scowl.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Captain Danton appeared at the head of the stairs, divested of his great-coat.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
With such a machine it is impracticable to cut grain, much less grass, efficiently, divested of the reel.
"Obed Hussey" by Various
I had never seen him before, divested of the insignia of authority, beyond the walls of the academy.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Divested of fabulous narration, its history is briefly as follows.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan

In poetry:

In spite of all the rules you can
On men bestow--he still is man;
For who can, by a human feat,
Divest the sun of light and heat!
"The Sermon" by William Hutton
Ah ! ne'er again on him they rested !
Those liquid suns have ceas'd to roll ;
Of all their sparkling pow'r divested,
No more they fire the raptur'd soul.
"The Last Adieu" by Laura Sophia Temple
Death will the righteous of the rags divest —
The filthy rags, wherein they here were drest,
And clothe them in a vesture loose and gay,
Salvation's robes, and ever-bright array!
"A Short Dissertation Against The Fear Of Death, And Concerning The Benefit That Accrues From A Right" by Rees Prichard
These spirits, treason of its pow'r divest,
And turn the peril from the patriot's breast.
Those solemn thought inspire, or bright descend
To snatch, in vision sweet, the dying friend.
"The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto III" by Richard Savage
Ye frozen streams dissolve and flow
Along the valley, sweet and slow;
Divested fields be gay:
Ye drooping forests bloom on high,
And raise your branches to the sky,
And thus your charms display.
"On Spring" by George Moses Horton
Never a word he spoke; divesting himself of his garments,
Danced the war-dance of the playful yet truculent Modoc,
Uttered a single whoop, and then, in the accents of challenge,
Spake: "Oh, behold in me a Crested Jay Hawk of the mountain."
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Governor Cuomo has signed the Iran Divestment Act that easily passed both the Assembly and Senate earlier this week after an agreement was reached between Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos last year.
Learn how you can join the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel at the end of this story.
A property-owner is divesting a portfolio of 42 sites, on which Circle K leases stores, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
What we see are Westernized half-breeds, divested of poverty and safety-padded for weekends at the middle-class art house.
Investment, not divestment: Making Palestinians prosperous is a surer path to peace than hobbling Israel.
M-real said that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a partial divestment of its Reflex specialty paper mill in Duren, Germany to Metsa Tissue for approximately EUR 10 million.
Today's Observer brings the sad news that Bungalow 8, the West Chelsea lounge you're nowhere near famous enough to get into, will likely soon be divested from club queen Amy Sacco 's empire.
Borland to Divest Dev Tools with Segue Buyout.
Two weeks ago, UC Berkeley's student senate made a historic 16-4 decision to divest from General Electric and United Technologies, two American companies that profit from the Israeli occupation.
Curtice-Burns Foods Inc said yesterday that it would sell the snack-food line of its Nalley's Fine Foods unit to Country Crisp Foods as part of an effort to divest itself of unprofitable businesses.
Arkema finalizes divestment of tin stabilizer business.
AkzoNobel Completes National Starch Divestment.
Skyrock.com, one of the bigger online social networks and based our of France, is talking with several suitors about a sale, as it nears divestment from its partner radio station's holding company, paidContent:UK has learned.
Movement to divest from big banks has its day Saturday.
Yale Students Push For Divesting in Fossil Fuels.

In science:

By considering an existing particle out of relation to other things, statement (i) divests this particle of its dynamical parameters and its contingent properties.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
Statement (ii) further divests it of its existence as an actual ingredient of the physical world.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
However, this stability analysis is lengthy and technical, so we prefer to divest this application from the theory developed in this paper.
A Geometric Theory for Hypergraph Matching