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Definition: 1. to dispose of something; 2. to deprive someone of title, status, or authority; 3. to take away someone's possessions; 4. to sell shares or interests in a corporation, often under compulsion; 5. to remove clothing

Synonyms: deprive, dispossess, strip

Antonyms: invest, give, clothe

Tips: Divest can mean the opposite of invest. If you invest in a company, you are buying shares. If you divest your shares, you are selling and getting rid of your shares. The noun divestiture refers to the sale of a company's product line, company division, subsidiary, or stock holdings.

Usage Examples:

The judge ordered the company to divest one of its divisions to prevent it from holding too much power. (dispossess)

If they divest him of all he cares about, he may lose the will to carry on. (deprive)

A company may use various divestiture techniques to divest itself of divisions or subsidiaries. (dispossession) noun

He has become too powerful and it may be necessary to divest him of his title before he gets out of control. (strip)

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