divest of

phrasal verb

divested of; divesting of; divests of
formal
1
: to take (something) away from (someone or something else) : to cause (someone or something) to lose or give up (something)
The document does not divest her of her right to use the property.
often used as (be) divested of
He was divested of his title/power/dignity.
2
divest (oneself) of (something) : to sell or give away (possessions, money, etc.)
She divested herself of most of her possessions.
old-fashioned when used of clothing
He divested himself of his coat.

Examples of divest of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In discussing the hunger to lose an identity, each speaker has already been divested of their own, and the result is a language that sounds closer to the textureless theory-Esperanto of museum wall text. Nicholas Dames, The Atlantic, 14 June 2024 The decrees essentially dismantled the old Hollywood studio system by forcing the majors to divest of their theater holdings. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 June 2024 The legislation under consideration gives ByteDance almost a year to divest of TikTok. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 23 Apr. 2024 Trump’s opposition to a TikTok ban would be a reversal of policy for the former president, who signed an executive order in the summer of 2020 that would have forced TikTok’s parent company in China, ByteDance, to completely divest of the social media site or face a ban on U.S. soil. Matt Novak / Gizmodo, Quartz, 8 Mar. 2024 Or finally divesting of Lowry, who is no longer a shot-creator or quick enough to be a top defender? Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 23 Jan. 2024 In an interview, Mr. Dolan provided this metric: If an otherwise well-mannered spectator at a Knicks game held a sign overhead urging Mr. Dolan to divest of the Knicks, Mr. Dolan would support their ejection by ushers or security guards. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 But in 1930 the college split off to become USF, and in the 1960s the Jesuits received orders from Rome to divest of ownership of high schools. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2023 But in 1930 the college split off to become USF, and in the 1960s the Jesuits received orders from Rome to divest of ownership of high schools. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2023

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“Divest of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divest%20of. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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