A reduction in capital investment reflected by a decrease in capital goods and a company's decision not to replace depleted capital goods. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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disinvest dis‧in‧vest [ˌdɪsɪnˈvest] verb [intransitive] ECONOMICS
to invest less or to stop investing in an activity or area of business:
disinvest from

• Many funds are disinvesting from stocks that fail to deliver shareholder value.

• His two brothers decided to disinvest from the family business.

— opposite invest
— disinvestment noun [countable, uncountable] :

• Germany recorded disinvestment last year, after attracting overseas investment of $12 billion the year before.

• 17 of these disinvestments were the result of restructuring.

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   Cutting capital investment by disposing of capital goods, such as plant and machinery, or by not replacing capital assets.

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disinvest UK US /ˌdɪsɪnˈvest/ verb [C or U] ECONOMICS, FINANCE
to stop investing in a company, industry, or country, or reduce the amount invested: »

He's disinvested some funds that are investing in companies that do business in the region.


Pension fund managers were opposed to the idea of having to disinvest from these companies.

disinvestment noun [C or U]

Investors complained that they didn't have sufficient information about the merger to make intelligent investment and disinvestment decisions.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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