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[si-kwes-ter] /sɪˈkwɛs tər/
verb (used with object)
to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude.
to remove or separate; banish; exile.
to keep apart from others; segregate or isolate:
The jury was sequestered until a verdict was reached.
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).
to trap (a chemical in the atmosphere or environment) and isolate it in a natural or artificial storage area: There are processes to sequester carbon from a power plant's exhaust gases.
Plants can sequester toxins and store them in their tissues.
an act or instance of sequestering; separation; isolation.
sequestration (def 7):
domestic programs starved for cash by the federal sequester.
1350-1400; Middle English sequestren < Latin sequestrāre to put in hands of a trustee, derivative of sequester ‘trustee, depositary’
Related forms
sequestrable, adjective
nonsequestered, adjective
self-sequestered, adjective
unsequestered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sequestered
  • The conventional wisdom is that it will be sequestered underground.
  • Coal stations would be permitted if their emissions could be sequestered underground.
  • But it's not because they're sequestered in a rural area.
  • Also, the jury is not sequestered until deliberations, opening them to the inflated media coverage of a trial.
  • He sequestered her in his hole, and they immediately curled up together and started a courtship.
  • And computer use at home, of course, is not restricted unless a jury is sequestered.
  • So a relatively small proportion eventually winds up as being sequestered.
  • Jurors in those cases could avoid being sequestered only with the agreement of the judge and all parties to the case.
  • Only a small, sequestered breeding stock is allowed to remain diploid.
  • If he does not do so his citizenship rights will be suspended and his properly and holdings will be sequestered.
British Dictionary definitions for sequestered


verb (transitive)
to remove or separate
(usually passive) to retire into seclusion
(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
(international law) to requisition or appropriate (enemy property)
Derived Forms
sequestrable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin sequestrāre to surrender for safekeeping, from Latin sequester a trustee
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Word Origin and History for sequestered



late 14c., "remove" something, "quarantine, isolate" (someone); "excommunicate;" also intransitive, "separate oneself from," from Old French sequestrer (14c.), from Late Latin sequestrare "to place in safekeeping," from Latin sequester "trustee, mediator," noun use of an adjective meaning "intermediate," which probably is related to sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Meaning "seize by authority, confiscate" is first attested 1510s. Alternative sequestrate (v.) is early 15c., from Latin sequestratus. Related: Sequestered; sequestering.

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