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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.


Synonymsdisinvest


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.


Synonymsdisinvest


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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