- (transitive, archaic) To undress, disrobe.
- 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
- Having divested the child he kissed her gently and gave her a little pat to make her stand off.
- (transitive) To strip, deprive, or dispossess (someone) of something (such as a right, passion, privilege, or prejudice).
- You shall never divest me of my right to free speech.
- When I wake up, I make a point to divest myself of all my prejudices, ready to start the day.
- (transitive) To sell off or be rid of through sale, especially of a subsidiary
- In 2011 the company divested an 81% majority stake in its foreign subsidiary.
- As Glasgow becomes the first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels.
In sense "sell off", stronger than related disinvest, which instead means "reduce or cease new investment".
undress — see undress
to strip, deprive, or dispossess of something
to sell off