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To deprive or take away.

Divest is usually used in reference to the relinquishment of authority, power, property, or title. If, for example, an individual is disinherited, he or she is divested of the right to inherit money. Similarly, an individual may be divested of his or her citizenship for Treason.

Divest is also spelled devest.


verb attach, confiscate, depose, deprive, discharge, disendow, disentitle, dislodge, displace, dispossess, disrobe, disseize, distrain, drive out, evict, expel, expropriate, forfeit, lay bare, lay open, oust, reduce, relieve, remove, seize, strip, take away, uncover, unseat
Associated concepts: divesting of title, divestiture of rights
See also: adeem, confiscate, demote, denude, depose, deprive, despoil, diminish, disinherit, disown, dispossess, distrain, eject, eliminate, evict, excise, expose, levy, plunder, remove, unveil


to take away an estate or interest in property vested in a person. See VESTING.
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The final conclusion of the court is that one common owner of the gas in the common reservoir cannot devest all the others of their rights, without wrongdoing.
The actions of "the subtil Chymick," finally, consummate the forms of sexual violation implicit in the invasive work of astronomer and diver; the "chymick" can devest And strip the creature naked, till he finde The callow principles within their nest: There he imparts to them his minde, Admitted to their bed-chamber, before They appeare trim and drest To ordinarie suitours at the doore.
a law is in its nature a contract, when absolute rights have vested under that contract, a [legislative] repeal of the law cannot devest those rights.