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Synonyms and Antonyms of divest

  1. 1 to end the occupancy or possession of <unable to make their mortgage payments, they were summarily divested of their house> Synonyms dispossess, expropriate, oustRelated Words deforce, evict; disfurnish, strip; bereave, deprive, disinherit; annex, appropriate, commandeer, impound, seize, take over, usurp

  2. 2 to set (a person or thing) free of something that encumbers <the former CEO has divested himself of most of his responsibilities but will continue to work with the company as a consultant> Synonyms clear, disburden, disencumber, rid, free, relieve, unburdenRelated Words discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter; bail (out), deliver, redeem, rescue; disengage, disentangle, extricateNear Antonyms bog (down), fetter, hamper, restrain, shackle, subject, weigh down, weight (down)Antonyms burden, encumber, saddle

  3. 3 to take something away from <he was divested of the boxing title when the fraud was uncovered> Synonyms abate, bereave, deprive, stripRelated Words denude; cheat, clean (out), defraud, shortchange; bankrupt, disfurnish, impoverish

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