Friday, February 02, 2018

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Divest


WORD OF THE DAY
February 2, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
divest Audio pronunciation
 
verb | dye-VEST  
 
Definition
 
1
:
to deprive or dispossess especially of property, authority, or title
 

:
to undress or strip especially of clothing, ornament, or equipment
 

:
rid, free
 
:
to take away from a person
 
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Divest is one of many English words that come from the Latin verb vestire ("to clothe") and ultimately from the noun vestis ("clothing, garment"). Others include vest, vestment, invest, and travesty. Divest and its older form devest can mean "to unclothe" or "to remove the clothing of," but the word had broader applications even when it was first being used in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the opening scene of Shakespeare's King Lear, Lear uses the term to mean "rid oneself of" or "put aside":
    "Tell me, my daughters
    (Since now we will divest us both of rule,
    Interest of territory, cares of state),
    Which of you shall we say doth love us most?"
In addition to clothing, one can be divested of power, authority, possessions, or burdens.
 
 
Examples of DIVEST
 
The court's ruling does not divest the family of their ability to use the property.
 
"A news release went out from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, saying that New York was going to divest its vast pension-fund investments in fossil fuels."
Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2017
 
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