disinvest

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dis- +‎ invest

Verb[edit]

disinvest (third-person singular simple present disinvests, present participle disinvesting, simple past and past participle disinvested)

  1. To reduce investment, or cease to invest
    • 2009 January 16, Kate Zernike, “Students Covering Bigger Share of Costs of College”:
      “The institutions whose primary mission is teaching — the masters and community colleges and bachelors colleges, are slowly disinvesting in the teaching function,” Ms. Wellman said.

Usage notes[edit]

Weaker than related divest, which instead means "sell off existing investments", rather than "reduce or cease new investment".

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