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 for divest
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.
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     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.
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              Wretches divested of every moral feeling.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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              The tendency of the language to divest itself of its
              gutturals.                            --Earle.
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     3. (Law) See Devest. --Mozley & W.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  divest
      v 1: take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the
           Jews of all their assets" [syn: deprive, strip,
           divest]
      2: deprive of status or authority; "he was divested of his
         rights and his title"; "They disinvested themselves of their
         rights" [syn: divest, disinvest] [ant: enthrone,
         invest, vest]
      3: reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment); "The
         company decided to divest"; "the board of trustees divested
         $20 million in real estate property"; "There was pressure on
         the university to disinvest in South Africa" [syn: divest,
         disinvest] [ant: commit, invest, place, put]
      4: remove (someone's or one's own) clothes; "The nurse quickly
         undressed the accident victim"; "She divested herself of her
         outdoor clothes"; "He disinvested himself of his garments"
         [syn: strip, undress, divest, disinvest]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  62 Moby Thesaurus words for "divest":
     abridge, bankrupt, bare, bereave, bleed, bleed white, curtail,
     cut off, denudate, denude, deplume, deprive, deprive of, despoil,
     disencumber, disentitle, disinherit, dismantle, displume,
     dispossess, disrobe, doff, drain, dry, ease one of, exhaust,
     expose, flay, fleece, impoverish, lay bare, lay open,
     lighten one of, lose, milk, mine, mulct, oust, pick clean, pluck,
     plunder, put off, relieve, remove, rid, rob, shear, skin, spoil,
     strip, strip bare, suck dry, take away from, take from, take off,
     tap, uncloak, unclothe, uncover, undress, unsheathe, unveil
  
  

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