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divest

di·vest

divest

 
 
pronunciation:
dih vest [or] daI vest
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: divested, divesting, divests
definition 1: to take rights or property away from; dispossess, esp. by legal means.
The government divested the farmers of their land and created communal farms.
antonyms:
endow, vest
similar words:
dispossess, strip
definition 2: to rid (one or oneself) of something.
He wanted to divest himself of any obligation.
antonyms:
invest
definition 3: to get rid of (financial holdings, esp. stocks) by selling.
antonyms:
invest
definition 4: to take off or strip clothing from.
antonyms:
apparel, attire, clothe
derivations: divestible (adj.), divestiture (n.)
Word Parts
The word divest contains the following parts:
di-3 Latin prefix that means not, apart, reverse, negate
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The prefix di-3 is a form of dis- used before roots beginning with "v" and "g," such as "vert" and "gress." See dis-3
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vest Latin root that means clothe; clothing