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

Definition of disinvest

intransitive verb

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

Examples of disinvest in a Sentence

Several companies have disinvested from the country to protest its human rights policies.

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Yes, because for one thing, more and more states are disinvesting in higher education at an alarming rate. Sean Illing, Vox, "How corporate cash bought higher education," 14 Nov. 2018 Community gardens like this one were, researchers say, are key to stabilizing Philadelphia’s blighted and disinvested neighborhoods over the years and have even reduced violent crime. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Philly's urban gardeners are under siege from gentrification. Here's what they're doing about it," 16 Apr. 2018 Even if this bill passes, the fiscal pressures that have led states to disinvest from higher education aren’t going to go away. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "This Democratic Senator Has a Plan to Make College Debt-Free for All," 25 Mar. 2018 But since the Florida shooting, the investment giant BlackRock has been exploring ways of letting its clients disinvest from gun companies, Bloomberg News reported. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "NRA lashes out at boycott movement as United, Delta and other corporations cut ties," 25 Feb. 2018 The Parkland shooting and its negative publicity caused the investment giant BlackRock to explore ways of letting its clients disinvest from gun companies, Bloomberg News reported. Avi Selk, Philly.com, "NRA responds to boycott movement after United and Delta cut ties," 24 Feb. 2018 The compact published a report on the state of college costs and affordability in June 2016 that showed Ohio had higher than average cost of attendance and that the state has disinvested in postsecondary education over the last 10 years. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland receives $40,000 grant," 11 Jan. 2018 But instead the administration is disinvesting to such a degree that the only logical outcome will be a decrease in enrollment and a skewing of the participant pool toward costlier, sicker people. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Ongoing, Quiet Repeal," 28 Sep. 2017 Lightsey spoke about how a case like this could undermine trust between disinvested communities and the police officers meant to protect them. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "For juvenile lifer who killed policeman, 44 years to life," 27 Sep. 2017

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disinvest

finance : to take your money out of an area, industry, company, etc., by selling property, shares, or stock


intransitive verb
dis·​in·​vest | \ ˌdis-ᵊn-ˈvest How to pronounce disinvest (audio) \

Legal Definition of disinvest

1 : to reduce or eliminate capital investment (as in an industry or area)
2 : 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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