sequester


1se·ques·ter

transitive verb \si-ˈkwes-tər\

: to keep (a person or group) apart from other people

law : to take (property) until a debt has been paid

se·ques·teredse·ques·ter·ing\-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SEQUESTER

1
a :  to set apart :  segregate <sequester a jury>
b :  seclude, withdraw <widely spaced homes are forbiddingly grand and sequestered — Don Asher>
2
a :  to seize especially by a writ of sequestration
b :  to place (property) in custody especially in sequestration
3
:  to hold (as a metallic ion) in solution usually by inclusion in an appropriate coordination complex

Examples of SEQUESTER

  1. The jury was sequestered until a verdict was reached.
  2. He was sequestered in his room.

Origin of SEQUESTER

Middle English sequestren, from Anglo-French sequestrer, from Latin sequestrare to hand over to a trustee, from sequester third party to whom disputed property is entrusted, agent, from secus beside, otherwise; akin to Latin sequi to follow
First Known Use: 14th century

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2sequester

noun

Definition of SEQUESTER

1
obsolete :  separation, isolation
2
:  the imposition of automatic government spending reductions in accordnace with sequestration

First Known Use of SEQUESTER

1604

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