Definitions for sequestersɪˈkwɛs tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

se•ques•tersɪˈkwɛs tər(v.t.)

  1. to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement.

  2. to remove or separate.

  3. to seize and hold (property) until legal claims are satisfied.

    Category: Law

  4. to seize, hold, and control (enemy property).

    Category: Law

  5. (n.)an act or instance of sequestering.

  6. an across-the-board cut in government spending.

Origin of sequester:

1350–1400; < L sequestrāre to put in hands of a trustee


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


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