verb (used with object)
to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude.
to remove or separate.
Law. to remove (property) temporarily from the possession of the owner; seize and hold, as the property and income of a debtor, until legal claims are satisfied.
International Law. to requisition, hold, and control (enemy property).

1350–1400; Middle English sequestren < Latin sequestrāre to put in hands of a trustee, derivative of sequester trustee, depositary

sequestrable, adjective
nonsequestered, adjective
self-sequestered, adjective
unsequestered, adjective

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sequester (sɪˈkwɛstə)
1.  to remove or separate
2.  (usually passive) to retire into seclusion
3.  law to take (property) temporarily out of the possession of its owner, esp until the claims of creditors are satisfied or a court order is complied with
4.  international law to requisition or appropriate (enemy property)
[C14: from Late Latin sequestrāre to surrender for safekeeping, from Latin sequester a trustee]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. sequestrer (14c.), from L.L. sequestrare "to place in safekeeping," from L. sequester "trustee, mediator," probably originally "follower," related to sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Meaning "seize by authority, confiscate" is first attested 1510s.
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Example sentences
Every attempt is being made to sequester high rollers from the rest of the airport.
Although they can be frozen, it is not a good idea to sequester the truffles in the freezer for more than a couple of days.
Bacteria are known to generate polymeric material to sequester arsenic.
He's a tactics geek and has been known to sequester himself while studying hoarded game video.
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