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English verb: divest

1. divest (possession) take away possessions from someone

SamplesThe Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets.

ExamplesThey divest him of all his money

Synonymsdeprive, strip

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)take

Narrower (hyponym)bereave, clean, clean out, disarm, dispossess, expropriate, orphan, unarm, unclothe, unsex

2. divest (social) deprive of status or authority

SamplesHe was divested of his rights and his title.
They disinvested themselves of their rights.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)discharge, free

Narrower (hyponym)defrock, dethrone, unfrock

Antonymsenthrone, vest, invest

3. divest (possession) reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)

SamplesThe company decided to divest.
The board of trustees divested $20 million in real estate property.
There was pressure on the university to disinvest in South Africa.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)draw, draw off, take out, withdraw

Antonymsinvest, commit, put, place

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

SamplesThe nurse quickly undressed the accident victim.
She divested herself of her outdoor clothes.
He disinvested himself of his garments.

Synonymsdisinvest, strip, undress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Verb groupdiscase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress

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