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    • to sell some of your assets or a part of your business
      A local authority is to seek more information on whether it can divest itself of shares worth £27m. Play
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    • The shareholders divested their shares in the company shortly before the price dropped.
    • The drugstore chain said it has agreed to divest two dozen stores.
    • Such legislation would divest the court of jurisdiction.
    • The automaker has already shed its parts-making business and will divest more operations.
    Additional Notes

    • Divest originates in the Old French desvestir, which meant to take away one's clothes.
    • Divestiture is the corresponding noun.