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sequester

verb se·ques·ter \ si-ˈkwe-stər \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of sequester

sequestered; sequestering play \si-ˈkwe-st(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
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 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

Examples of sequester in a Sentence

  1. The jury was sequestered until a verdict was reached.

  2. He was sequestered in his room.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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sequester

noun

Definition of sequester

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

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First Known Use of sequester

1604


SEQUESTER Defined for English Language Learners

sequester

verb

Definition of sequester for English Language Learners

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

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


Medical Dictionary

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sequester

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

medical Definition of sequester

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

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sequester

noun

medical Definition of sequester


Law Dictionary

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sequester

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

legal Definition of sequester

sequestered; sequestering
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.
2 a :to seize especially by a writ of sequestration
b :to deposit (property) in sequestration

Origin and Etymology of sequester

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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sequester

noun

legal Definition of sequester



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