sequester [si-kwes-ter] /sɪˈkwɛs tər/ Show IPA
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
1, 2. isolate.