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Definition separate something from a person or firm — such as to sell, or take, or remove
  • The company divest itself of its South African holdings
  • he was divested of his rights and his title
  • She divested herself of her outdoor clothes
  • Our proclivity to details cannot quite degrade our life and divest it of poetry.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
    Henry David Thoreau
  • Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities.
    Douglass, Frederick  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave
  • Traddles had to indicate that I was Mr. Copperfield, and I had to lay claim to myself, and they had to divest themselves of a preconceived opinion that Traddles was Mr. Copperfield...
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • ...proceeded to divest himself of his Turkish garments, and invest himself with Christian attire.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • That you divest yourself, and lay apart
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry V
  • James had reappeared; he had divested himself of his trunk, owl, and trolley, and was evidently bursting with news.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Divested of all the softer properties of womanhood, the Matron is peculiarly sinister figure in her severe dress.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • What great crime have we committed, whereby we must forever be divested of our country and rights?
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Except that I'd discovered that I was eager to divest myself of the gods' attention as quickly as possible.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Thus I divest myself of my authority.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Mr Dowling was indeed very greatly affected with this relation; for he had not divested himself of humanity by being an attorney.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • They entered the lobby already swarming with patrons, and then, after divesting themselves of their wraps, went into a sumptuous dining-room.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Slaves are people debased by servitude below the equal level of free people; the Constitution regards the slave as divested of 2/5 of the man.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • And what preps Milkman for this change is a steady process of divestiture.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Back on board, the sailors helped divest us of our heavy copper carapaces.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • To divesting my closets and trunks of everything that was not essential to me.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire

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