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sequester

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transitive verb se·ques·ter \si-ˈkwes-tər\

Simple Definition of sequester

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

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

Full Definition of sequester

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

  1. 1a :  to set apart :  segregate <sequester a jury>b :  seclude, withdraw <widely spaced homes are forbiddingly grand and sequestered — Don Asher>

  2. 2a :  to seize especially by a writ of sequestrationb :  to place (property) in custody especially in sequestration

  3. 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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sequester

noun se·ques·ter

Definition of sequester

  1. 1 obsolete :  separation, isolation

  2. 2 :  the imposition of automatic government spending reductions in accordance with sequestration



1604

First Known Use of sequester

1604



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