Definitions for: Sequester


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
confiscate.

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.
--South.

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.
--Hooker.

A love and desire to sequester a man's self for a
higher conversation. --Bacon.


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.


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.

Synonyms: attach, confiscate, impound, isolate, keep apart, seclude, seize, sequestrate, set apart, withdraw

See Also: change, distrain, disunite, divide, garnishee, insulate, part, separate, take

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