Di*vest" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divested; p. pr. & vb. n. Divesting.] [LL. divestire (di- = dis- + L. vestire to dress), equiv. to L. devestire. It is the same word as devest, but the latter is rarely used except as a technical term in law. See Devest, Vest.]

1.

To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to invest.

2.

Fig.: To strip; to deprive; to dispossess; as, to divest one of his rights or privileges; to divest one's self of prejudices, passions, etc.

Wretches divested of every moral feeling. Goldsmith.

The tendency of the language to divest itself of its gutturals. Earle.

3. Law

See Devest.

Mozley & W.

 

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