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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 In many ways, the GND could act as a counterweight to the neoliberal status quo that disinvested in social programs, opting for prisons, border walls, and tech cities. Will Meyer, Longreads, 24 Oct. 2019 Yes, because for one thing, more and more states are disinvesting in higher education at an alarming rate. Sean Illing, Vox, 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, 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, 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disinvest

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Disinvest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinvest. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disinvest

: 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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