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sequester

[ si-kwes-ter ]
/ sɪˈkwɛs tər /
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verb (used with object)

noun

an act or instance of sequestering; separation; isolation.
sequestration (def. 7): domestic programs starved for cash by the federal sequester.

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Origin of sequester

1350–1400; Middle English sequestren<Latin sequestrāre to put in hands of a trustee, derivative of sequester ‘trustee, depositary’
se·ques·tra·ble, adjectivenon·se·ques·tered, adjectiveself-se·ques·tered, adjectiveun·se·ques·tered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sequester

sequester
/ (sɪˈkwɛstə) /

verb (tr)

to remove or separate
(usually passive) to retire into seclusion
law to take (property) temporarily out of the possession of its owner, esp until the claims of creditors are satisfied or a court order is complied with
international law to requisition or appropriate (enemy property)
sequestrable, adjective
C14: from Late Latin sequestrāre to surrender for safekeeping, from Latin sequester a trustee
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