from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to withdraw into seclusion.
- transitive v. To remove or set apart; segregate. See Synonyms at isolate.
- transitive v. Law To take temporary possession of (property) as security against legal claims.
- transitive v. Law To requisition and confiscate (enemy property).
- intransitive v. Chemistry To undergo sequestration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To separate from all external influence.
- v. To separate in order to store.
- v. To prevent an ion in solution from behaving normally by forming a coordination compound
- v. To temporarily remove (property) from the possession of its owner and hold it as security against legal claims.
- v. To remove (certain funds) automatically from a budget.
- v. To seize and hold enemy property.
- n. sequestration; separation
- n. A person with whom two or more contending parties deposit the subject matter of the controversy; one who mediates between two parties; a referee.
- n. A sequestrum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To cause (one) to submit to the process of sequestration; to deprive (one) of one's estate, property, etc.
- transitive v. To set apart; to put aside; to remove; to separate from other things.
- transitive v. To cause to retire or withdraw into obscurity; to seclude; to withdraw; -- often used reflexively.
- intransitive v. To withdraw; to retire.
- intransitive v. To renounce (as a widow may) any concern with the estate of her husband.
- n. Sequestration; separation.
- n. 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.
- n. Same as Sequestrum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put aside; remove; separate from other things; seclude; withdraw.
- In law:
- To separate from the owner for a time; seize or take possession of, as the property and income of a debtor, until the claims of creditors be satisfied.
- To set aside from the power of either party, as a matter at issue, by order of a court of law. For use in Scots law, see sequestrate. See also sequestration. Hence To seize for any purpose; confiscate; take possession of; appropriate.
- To withdraw.
- In law, to renounce or decline, as a widow any concern with the estate of her husband.
- n. The act of sequestering; sequestration; separation; seclusion.
- n. In law, a person with whom two or more parties to a suit or controversy deposit the subject of controversy; a mediator or referee between two parties; an umpire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. requisition forcibly, as of enemy property
- v. keep away from others
- v. undergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an ion
- v. set apart from others
- v. take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin sequestrō ("set aside"), from Latin sequester ("mediator, trustee"). (Wiktionary)