(Latin: covering for the body, clothes)
2. To strip off clothes: "Simon divested himself of his street clothes before going swimming in the ocean."
3. To dispose of or to sell an investment, a subsidiary company, or stocks: "In order to raise some money quickly, Gwen divested herself of some of her shares in the corporation."
"When anyone divests anything, it means that he or she is getting rid of it."
2. The deprivation or dispossessing of something.
2. A complete asset or investment disposal; such as, an outright sale or converting assets into cash.
2. To spend or to devote time and energy for a future benefit or advantage: "John has invested a great deal of time, money, and effort on his on-line dictionary so users can have a better source of vocabulary information."
3. To spend money on building or improving a situation: "The city is investing millions of dollars in new schools for its growing population."
"More communities need to invest more time and finances in educating their children."4. To endow or to provide someone or something with authority or power to achieve an objectives: "The new leader of the country claimed to be invested with power by the people to achieve their desired living conditions."
5. To clothe and to adorn: "The prince and his princess were invested in royal garments."
6. Etymology: "to clothe in the official robes of an office"; from Latin investire, "to clothe in, to cover, to surround"; from in-, "in, into" + vestire, "to dress, to clothe."
2. The ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office.
3. The formal promotion of a person to an office or rank.
2. The act of putting on robes or vestments.
3. Money that is invested with an expectation of making a profit: "Marcos made an investment with the expectation of making a profit."
"In the theater, from ancient Greece to Elizabethan England, transvestites were common in dramas because all of the acting parts were played by men; even Juliet."
2. Something that is shocking, upsetting, or ridiculous because it is not what it is supposed to be: Bertha thought it was a travesty and a tragedy that so many people are denied the right to vote.
The investigation into what caused the accident was so poorly done that it turned into a travesty.3. A court case that makes a mockery of the legal system: The entire courtroom trial was a travesty of justice.
4. Etymology: meaning "dressed so as to be made ridiculous or burlesqued (make funny or joke about)", from French travesti, "dressed in disguise", from travestir, "to disguise", from Italian travestire, "to disguise," from Latin trans-, "over" + vestire, "to clothe".
"Why is there a vest in travesty? Because it comes from Italian travestirse, "to dress up in another person's clothes or vestments; especially, to present a comical imitation or a parody."