What does sequester mean?

Definitions for sequestersɪˈkwɛs tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sequester(verb)

    requisition forcibly, as of enemy property

    "the estate was sequestered"

  2. impound, attach, sequester, confiscate, seize(verb)

    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

    "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"

  3. sequester(verb)

    undergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an ion

    "The cations were sequestered"

  4. seclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw(verb)

    keep away from others

    "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"

  5. sequester, sequestrate, keep apart, set apart, isolate(verb)

    set apart from others

    "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on"


  1. sequester(Verb)

    To separate from all external influence.

    The jury was sequestered from the press by the judge's order.

  2. sequester(Verb)

    To separate in order to store.

    The coal burning plant was ordered to sequester its CO emissions.

  3. sequester(Verb)

    To prevent an ion in solution from behaving normally by forming a coordination compound

  4. Origin: sequestro, from sequester.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sequester(verb)

    to separate from the owner for a time; to take from parties in controversy and put into the possession of an indifferent person; to seize or take possession of, as property belonging to another, and hold it till the profits have paid the demand for which it is taken, or till the owner has performed the decree of court, or clears himself of contempt; in international law, to confiscate

  2. Sequester(verb)

    to cause (one) to submit to the process of sequestration; to deprive (one) of one's estate, property, etc

  3. Sequester(verb)

    to set apart; to put aside; to remove; to separate from other things

  4. Sequester(verb)

    to cause to retire or withdraw into obscurity; to seclude; to withdraw; -- often used reflexively

  5. Sequester(verb)

    to withdraw; to retire

  6. Sequester(verb)

    to renounce (as a widow may) any concern with the estate of her husband

  7. Sequester(noun)

    sequestration; separation

  8. Sequester(noun)

    a person with whom two or more contending parties deposit the subject matter of the controversy; one who mediates between two parties; a mediator; an umpire or referee

  9. Sequester(noun)

    same as Sequestrum

  10. Origin: [F. squestrer, L. sequestrare to give up for safe keeping, from sequester a depositary or trustee in whose hands the thing contested was placed until the dispute was settled. Cf. Sequestrate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sequester

    sē-kwes′tėr, v.t. to separate: to withdraw from society: to seclude: to set apart: (law) to place anything contested into the hands of a third person till the dispute is settled: to hold the property of another till the profits pay the demands: to take possession of the estate of a bankrupt in order to distribute it among the creditors: to confiscate.—v.i. to renounce any interest in the estate of a husband.—n. (Shak.) the act of sequestering: an umpire.—adjs. Sēques′tered, retired, secluded; Seques′trable.—v.t. Sēques′trate (law), to sequester.—ns. Sēquestrā′tion, the Scotch legal term for bankruptcy: the act of sequestering, esp. the seizure of any one's property for the use of the state during dispute, or for the benefit of creditors: state of being separated: seclusion from society; Sēquestrā′tor, one who sequesters another's property: one to whom property is committed during dispute. [O. Fr. sequestrer—Low L. sequestrāre, -ātum—L. sequester, a depositary—sequi, to follow.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sequester in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sequester in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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