Definition of divestment in US English:



  • The action or process of selling off subsidiary business interests or investments.

    ‘the importance of divestment’
    count noun ‘proceeds from divestments’
    • ‘The artist prepares for her ordeal by systematically shaving off all the hair from her head and body, in a gesture of total divestment.’
    • ‘Reymond said that the agency would still pin its hopes primarily on proceeds from banks' divestment programs to meet the target.’
    • ‘Decisions on what will be required in terms of investment and divestment will be necessary for programming guidance.’
    • ‘The first divestment is scheduled for June, when the government will release a 15 percent stake through the stock market.’
    • ‘A major feature of the privatization process has been the accompanying divestment of regulation.’
    • ‘The positive reaction associated with spin-offs and divestment can be viewed as evidence that the market rewards transparency.’
    • ‘It is this core business focus that prompted the divestment of a very profitable but peripheral business.’
    • ‘Fine, but why limit this policy of divestment to electricity?’
    • ‘That's because forging one necessitated divestment from cross-shareholdings across the industry.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, student and faculty petitions calling for divestment are perhaps one of the most visible signs of activism.’
    • ‘Funds fret that lawmakers are dictating divestment without specifying which companies they should sell.’
    • ‘He estimates that at most two to five percent of tobacco shares have been sold through divestment.’
    • ‘This can provide a rationale for acquisition and divestment.’
    • ‘Igoe said a further divestment of assets was likely in order to consolidate the business and reduce debt.’
    • ‘A decade ago South Africa demonstrated the power of divestment.’
    • ‘Neither wealth nor divestment of wealth saves us.’
    • ‘Others, however, see weightier reasons for Temasek divestment.’
    • ‘At the campaign's peak, leaders of forty-five different student groups had signed on in support of Senior Gift Plus and divestment.’
    • ‘Ave Maria believes that this approach, known as divestment, is preferable to shareholder activism.’
    • ‘Its packaging business has been closed, while the divestment of its glass container business is still being pursued, he said.’
    dispossession, withholding, withdrawal, removal, taking away, stripping, divestiture, wresting away, expropriation, seizure, confiscation, robbing, appropriation
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