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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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If the enemy property was divested from the Custodian before July 2, 2010, it shall stand transferred to and vest or continue to vest in the Custodian.
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CEO and Chairman J&K Bank, Mushtaq Ahmed, said : "We have already divested partially from MetLife by reducing our equity from 11% to 5%.