1. take away possessions from someone

Similar word(s): deprive, strip

Definition categories: possession, take

2. deprive of status or authority

- he was divested of his rights and his title

Similar word(s): disinvest

Definition categories: social, discharge, free

3. 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

Similar word(s): disinvest

Definition categories: possession, draw, withdraw

4. remove (someone's or one's own) clothes

- She divested herself of her outdoor clothes

Similar word(s): disinvest, strip, undress

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

Sentences with divest as a verb:

- You shall never divest me of my right to free speech.

- When I wake up, I make a point to divest myself of all my prejudices, ready to start the day.

- In 2011 the company divested an 81% majority stake in its Chinese subsidiary.