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)

Examples of disinvest in a Sentence

Several companies have disinvested from the country to protest its human rights policies.
Recent Examples on the Web The tech industry isn’t the only sector that’s disinvesting in DEI. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 8 Jan. 2024 Fannie Mae has just received a prestigious ranking at a time when companies are disinvesting in diversity and inclusion efforts. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 18 July 2023 The Church Commissioners, which manage the church’s £10.3 billion ($13.1 billion) endowment fund, and the Church of England Pensions Board will both be disinvesting their portfolios from oil and gas companies. Sofia Lotto Persio, Quartz, 23 June 2023 It was geared toward young adults between 18 and 24 years old in three under-resourced and disinvested neighborhoods, Reilly said. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 2 July 2023 The church’s pensions board voted against the renewal of Shell’s board of director at the oil and gas giant’s latest shareholder meeting in May, but the decision to disinvest marks a change from shareholder activism. Sofia Lotto Persio, Quartz, 23 June 2023 So that attitude is emblematic of a community that has been disinvested over a long period of time. Stephanie Kuzydym, The Courier-Journal, 14 June 2023 That’s true of rural communities that have been disinvested in for a long time. How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 8 June 2023 For years, regents have criticized state lawmakers for disinvesting in public universities and forcing the board to raise tuition prices. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 28 Apr. 2023

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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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“Disinvest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinvest. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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…disinvestR. C. Clark

transitive verb

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