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
2a : to seize especially by a writ of sequestrationb : 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
The jury was sequestered until a verdict was reached.
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
First Known Use of sequester
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