sequester

verb
se·​ques·​ter | \si-ˈkwe-stər \
sequestered; sequestering\si-​ˈkwe-​st(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of sequester 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to set apart : segregate sequester a jury

b : seclude, withdraw widely spaced homes are forbiddingly grand and sequestered— Don Asher

2a : to seize especially by a writ of sequestration

b : to place (property) in custody especially in sequestration

3 : to bind (a metal or metal ion) in the form of a soluble complex or chelate by adding a suitable reagent for the purpose of preventing precipitation in water solution by chemical agents that would normally bring it about, of solubilizing precipitates already formed, or of otherwise suppressing undesired chemical or biological activity sequester calcium and magnesium ions in the softening of hard water also : to bind or absorb (carbon dioxide) as part of a larger chemical process or compound … half of the starting material will be used up and half will be char. That can then be put back on the fields, where it will sequester carbon and help grow the next crop. — Emma Marris

sequester

noun

Definition of sequester (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : separation, isolation

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sequester

Synonyms: Verb

cut off, insulate, isolate, seclude, segregate, separate

Antonyms: Verb

desegregate, integrate, reintegrate

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Examples of sequester in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jurors will be sequestered, and both sides expect the trial will run at least into the next weekend. Jeff Amy, Fox News, "Retrial set for man accused in woman's burning death," 22 Sep. 2018 Those in the surprise camp are opting to sequester themselves from the news rather than cave to partners who can’t wait to find out. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "Baby’s First Secret: Hiding Its Gender From Dad," 4 Oct. 2018 Pokémon Go players are already suggesting ways that players can sandbox the game, sequestering it from checking for these files. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Pokémon Go file check opens new front in war on rooted Android phones," 21 Aug. 2018 Only a handful of team representatives, NBA officials and media knew the outcome of the lottery before it was revealed publicly and they were all sequestered until the results were aired. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "Suns land No. 1 overall pick in NBA draft," 16 May 2018 They were sequestered in the middle section of the plane with curtains closed. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "2 trips to NKorea with top US diplomat, 18 years apart," 11 May 2018 Even when she was released, she was sequestered in her own country. Michele Aboud, Glamour, "Saudi Arabia Was the Last Place in the World to Allow Women to Drive. Manal al-Sharif Helped Change That.," 5 Nov. 2018 The result is a material that reduces the building industry’s carbon footprint while at the same time sequestering harmful pollution in the air. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Can mushrooms help turn demolished buildings into new ones?," 18 July 2018 Touting privacy as Facebook reels In recent weeks, Cook has taken some jabs at Facebook in the wake of the company's Cambridge Analytica data scandal, touting Apple policies that sequester much of consumers' information on their encrypted devices. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Apple's WWDC unveils ways to help you put the iPhone down — and then get sucked back in," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just last Friday, the president signed into law an authorization bill that blows up the sequester and increases spending by more than $500 billion. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump budget highlights disconnect between populist rhetoric and plutocrat reality," 13 Feb. 2018 The more crops you plant, burn, and sequester, the more carbon dioxide your remove from the air. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 In the five years the sequester has been in effect, the Department has lost $484 billion dollars compared to Gates’s budget plan. Jim Talent, National Review, "The Budget Deal Won’t Be Enough to Get the Armed Forces Trump Wants," 13 Feb. 2018 Mortara survived, and when word reached church authorities that a baptized Catholic was living in a Jewish home, the Inquisition ordered his sequester under laws requiring Catholics be raised as such. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Case of Jewish boy taken by pope flares over doctored memoir," 20 Apr. 2018 Coastal wetlands buffer the state from storm surge, absorb flooding, filter water and sequester greenhouse gases, all reasons that have prompted the state to launch a 50-year, $50-billion effort to restore the coast. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "As Louisiana's coast washes away, state cashing in on disputed oil and gas rights," 31 May 2018 Getting out from under the defense sequester has been a driving issue for military hawks, like Sen. John McCain of Arizona, all year. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Bipartisanship prevails — by sending the debt sky high," 9 Feb. 2018 Both sides want to lift spending caps on defense and domestic programs, remnants of the 2013 sequester that could trigger an automatic $6 billion in cuts this fiscal year. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Everything You Need to Know About the Government Shutdown Fight," 16 Jan. 2018 His team from Del Rosario University in Bogotá is tracking pioneer species, how long reforestation takes, and whether secondary forests in the Andes sequester as much carbon as primary forests. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Colombian scientists race to study once-forbidden territory before it is lost to development—or new conflict," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sequester

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sequester

Verb

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

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sequester

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sequester

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

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

sequester

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

Medical Definition of sequester 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to hold (as a metallic ion) in solution especially for the purpose of suppressing undesired chemical or biological activity

sequester

noun

Medical Definition of sequester (Entry 2 of 2)

sequester

transitive verb
se·​ques·​ter | \si-ˈkwes-tər \
sequestered; sequestering

Legal Definition of sequester 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to place (as a jury or witness) in seclusion or isolation

Note: Juries are sequestered in order to preserve their impartiality. Witnesses are sequestered so that their testimony is not influenced by the testimony of prior witnesses.

2a : to seize especially by a writ of sequestration

b : to deposit (property) in sequestration

sequester

noun

Legal Definition of sequester (Entry 2 of 2)

History and Etymology for sequester

Transitive verb

Anglo-French sequestrer, from Middle French, from Latin sequestrare to hand over to a trustee, from sequester third party to whom disputed property is entrusted, agent, from secus beside, otherwise

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