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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Divest \Di*vest"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divested; p. pr. & vb. n. Divesting.] [LL. divestire (di- = dis- + L. vestire to dress), equiv. to L. devestire. It is the same word as devest, but the latter is rarely used except as a technical term in law. See Devest, Vest.] 1. To unclothe; to strip, as of clothes, arms, or equipage; -- opposed to invest. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To strip; to deprive; to dispossess; as, to divest one of his rights or privileges; to divest one's self of prejudices, passions, etc. [1913 Webster] Wretches divested of every moral feeling. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] The tendency of the language to divest itself of its gutturals. --Earle. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) See Devest. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]