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Meaning of SEQUESTER

Pronunciation:  si'kwestur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  set apart from others; "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on"
  2. [v]  keep away from others; "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"
  3. [v]  Chemistry: undergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an ion; "The cations were sequestered"
  4. [v]  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"
  5. [v]  requisition forcibly, as of enemy property; "the estate was sequestered"

SEQUESTER is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: attach, confiscate, impound, isolate, keep apart, seclude, seize, sequestrate, set apart, withdraw
 See Also: change, distrain, disunite, divide, garnishee, insulate, part, separate, take



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Se*ques"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sequestered}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Sequestering}.] [F. s['e]questrer, 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}.]
    1. (Law) 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
             Formerly the goods of a defendant in chancery were,
             in the last resort, sequestered and detained to
             enforce the decrees of the court. And now the
             profits of a benefice are sequestered to pay the
             debts of ecclesiastics.               --Blackstone.
    2. To cause (one) to submit to the process of sequestration;
       to deprive (one) of one's estate, property, etc.
             It was his tailor and his cook, his fine fashions
             and his French ragouts, which sequestered him.
    3. To set apart; to put aside; to remove; to separate from
       other things.
             I had wholly sequestered my civil affairss. --Bacon.
    4. To cause to retire or withdraw into obscurity; to seclude;
       to withdraw; -- often used reflexively.
             When men most sequester themselves from action.
             A love and desire to sequester a man's self for a
             higher conversation.                  --Bacon.
  2. \Se*ques"ter\, v. i.
    1. To withdraw; to retire. [Obs.]
             To sequester out of the world into Atlantic and
             Utopian politics.                     --Milton.
    2. (Law) To renounce (as a widow may) any concern with the
       estate of her husband.
  3. \Se*ques"ter\, n.
    1. Sequestration; separation. [R.]
    2. (Law) 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. --Bouvier.
    3. (Med.) Same as {Sequestrum}.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: To separate. Sometimes juries are separated from outside influences during their deliberations. For example, this may occur during a highly publicized trial.