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divest (verb) strip; get rid of; take away (power, position, etc.).
When you remove a piece of clothing from on your body, you divest yourself of it. 'Jack divested himself of his waistcoat and boots before he leapt into bed.' This means, Jack took off his waistcoat and boots before going to bed. She divested herself of her frock to try the new one; that is, she took off her frock to try the new frock. When you get rid of something that you own, you divest yourself of it. Before taking over as the Industries and Commerce Secretary, she divested herself of her business interests in a number of firms. That is, before assuming office, she gave up her business interests. Taking away from someone their power or position is to divest them of it. 'The president was divested of his power in a military coup.' This means that the powers that he had has been taken away from him, and that he had been removed from the position.
- As soon as he came home after a tiresome day, he divested himself of all his clothes except his underwear, leapt into the bed, and slept like a log.
- Divested of his portfolios on charges of misuse of power, the former minister cut a very sorry figure at the party meeting.