Thesaurus

divest

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of divest

  1. 1 to end the occupancy or possession of unable to make their mortgage payments, they were summarily divested of their house Synonyms of divest dispossess, expropriate, oustWords Related to divest deforce, evict; disfurnish, strip; bereave, deprive, disinherit; annex, appropriate, commandeer, impound, seize, take over, usurp

  2. 2 to set (a person or thing) free of something that encumbers the former CEO has divested himself of most of his responsibilities but will continue to work with the company as a consultant Synonyms of divest clear, disburden, disencumber, rid, free, relieve, unburdenWords Related to divest discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter; bail (out), deliver, redeem, rescue; disengage, disentangle, extricateNear Antonyms of divest bog (down), fetter, hamper, restrain, shackle, subject, weigh down, weight (down)Antonyms of divest burden, encumber, saddle

  3. 3 to take something away from he was divested of the boxing title when the fraud was uncovered Synonyms of divest abate, bereave, deprive, stripWords Related to divest denude; cheat, clean (out), defraud, shortchange; bankrupt, disfurnish, impoverish

divest was our Word of the Day on 02/27/2008. Hear the podcast!



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up divest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to suppress quietly or indirectly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!