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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Old French
Origin: desvestir 'to undress', from Latin vestire 'to dress'

divest

verb
     
diā€§vest
[intransitive and transitive] technical if a company divests, it sells some of its assets, investments etc:
pressure on hospitals to divest tobacco-related stocks

divest somebody of something

phrasal verb
1

divest yourself of something

to sell or give away something you own:
Dad had long since divested himself of anything valuable.
2

divest yourself of something

to remove something you are wearing or carrying:
Pedro divested himself of his overcoat.
3 to take something away from someone:
The king was divested of all his wealth and power.

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