sequester

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

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sequester

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Elliott Mandell, University Health System’s chief pharmacy officer, said their oncology team has been in constant communication — getting current counts, matching it up with current patients’ regimens and sequestering doses as needed. Todd Ackerman, ExpressNews.com, "Texas hospitals scramble to cope with shortage of pediatric cancer drug," 25 Oct. 2019 Brown’s locker was sequestered with the other rookies. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "How the NFL separates good from great when evaluating talent," 24 Oct. 2019 While Emma was undergoing the extraction, Lucas was sequestered in the hospital for an intense, 10-day chemotherapy regimen. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: After going ‘through hell and back,’ 11-year-old boy is saved by his little sister’s stem cells," 10 Oct. 2019 So ironically enough, glaciers melting under the weight of global warming can help sequester carbon, making such watersheds a previously unrecognized CO2 sink. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon," 19 Aug. 2019 Love Island, which is filmed at a luxury Spanish villa and involves beautiful people coupling up to find love while sequestered on an island, has come under fire since the suicides. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "After Love Island Suicides, Psychologists Weigh In On Mental Health And Reality TV," 6 June 2019 Meanwhile, media organizations joined to petition O'Neill for access to the names of the seven men and five women of the retrial jury, who were sequestered at a hotel in Norristown during the proceeding. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Bill Cosby on house arrest, to be sentenced in 75 days after 'sexually violent predator' assessment," 27 Apr. 2018 The jurors, who have been sequestered at a nearby hotel since the start of the trial April 9, listened attentively. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Cosby lawyers push back against #MeToo, paint Constand as 'pathological' in final pitch to jury," 24 Apr. 2018 Jill’s vision was to see who this woman was, having pushed down the voice and having sequestered herself. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“I Was Never Really the Ingénue”: An Interview with Judith Light," 8 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, while the scientific theory is sound — healthier soils sequester more carbon — farmers and ranchers are still trying to figure out how to effectively apply carbon farming practices, especially from a financial standpoint. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Boulder County’s carbon sequestration project reports limited impact in first year," 27 Oct. 2019 Kelp forests, sea grass beds, mangroves and wetlands all sequester carbon, shelter young fish, balance ocean chemistry and buffer inland areas, scientists said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Report: San Diego has unique edge to tackle climate change," 7 Oct. 2019 Trees and algae sequester carbon dioxide naturally. Ben Lamm, Quartz, "Algae might be a secret weapon to combatting climate change," 1 Oct. 2019 The projects not only sequester carbon but also boost biodiversity and help the land adapt to the changing climate by preventing floods and wildfires. Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, Time, "The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature," 12 Sep. 2019 The legislation created the sequester, automatic spending cuts that would sweep across almost all government programs if Congress did not abide by the caps. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Divided House Passes 2-Year Budget Deal to Raise Spending," 25 July 2019 The plan would also reverse for the next two years massive, automatic spending cuts to federal programs — known as the sequester, according to congressional sources. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "House Democrats and Trump administration close to deal on debt ceiling," 22 July 2019 The solution is to take that land out of corn and soybeans, put it in more sustainable grasslands that sequester carbon, and graze beef cattle both to diversify farmers’ incomes and restore ecological balance. Timothy A. Wise, WIRED, "Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change," 28 Aug. 2019 This deal ends the threat of sequester permanently. Erica Werner, Washington Post, "Senate passes two-year budget and debt ceiling bill, sending to Trump," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 2

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
How to pronounce sequester (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sequester

formal : 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 How to pronounce sequester (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sequester (audio) \
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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