- To sequester is to take something or someone out of the mainstream or out of circulation and put into isolation.
When a judge orders that a jury in a high-profile case be kept in a hotel for the duration of the trial, this is an example of a situation where the judge sequesters the jury.
sequester definition by Webster's New World
- to set off or apart; separate; segregate; often, to segregate or isolate (the jury) during a trial
- to take and hold (property) by judicial authority, for safekeeping or as security, until a legal dispute is resolved
- to take over; confiscate; seize, esp. by authority
- to withdraw; seclude: often used reflexively
Origin: Middle English sequestren ; from Middle French sequestrer ; from Late Latin sequestrare, to remove, lay aside, separate ; from Classical Latin sequester, trustee, akin to sequi: see sequent
sequester definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb se·ques·tered, se·ques·ter·ing, se·ques·ters verb, transitive
- To cause to withdraw into seclusion.
- To remove or set apart; segregate. See Synonyms at isolate.
- Law a. To take temporary possession of (property) as security against legal claims.b. To requisition and confiscate (enemy property).
Origin: Middle English sequestren, from Old French, from Latin sequestrāre, to give up for safekeeping, from Latin sequester, depositary, trustee; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
sequester - Legal Definition