dis·​in·​vest (ˌ)dis-in-ˈvest How to pronounce disinvest (audio)
disinvested; disinvesting; disinvests

intransitive verb

: to reduce or eliminate capital investment (as in an industry or area)

Example Sentences

Several companies have disinvested from the country to protest its human rights policies.
Recent Examples on the Web Climate activists say the Indonesian government has moved too slowly to disinvest from fossil fuels and to abandon archaic policies that subsidize dirty sources of energy. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 Those dynamics that have massively increased female labor-force participation all over the globe coincide exactly with other massive pressures on states at every level—national, local, state level—to disinvest in public care infrastructure. Indigo Olivier, The New Republic, 20 Oct. 2022 As Wall Street banks and investors face mounting pressure to disinvest in fossil fuels, the massive private equity industry is taking their place, according to climate activists. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 19 Sep. 2022 Communities like Louisville's West End have watched government institutions disinvest in them for years. Connor Giffin, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2022 Curt Witynski, the deputy executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, said the state government has continued to disinvest in its communities over the years. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2021 Students, faculty and others have been calling for the board to disinvest in fossil fuels for years. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2021 The University of Michigan will disinvest its multibillion-dollar endowment from fossil fuels as part of a push to have a net zero carbon investment portfolio. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2021 But the alternative is to disinvest or to continue to underinvest. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, 11 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disinvest was in 1945

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Cite this Entry

“Disinvest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinvest. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition


intransitive verb

dis·​in·​vest ˌdis-ᵊn-ˈvest How to pronounce disinvest (audio)
: to reduce or eliminate capital investment (as in an industry or area)
: to give up an investment
insiders force the noncontrolling shareholders to…disinvest R. C. Clark

transitive verb

: to cause to give up an investment
no one is being…disinvested or cashed out R. C. Clark
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