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sequester (v.)

late 14c., "remove" something, "quarantine, isolate" (someone); "excommunicate;" also intransitive, "separate oneself from," from Old French sequestrer (14c.), from Late Latin sequestrare "to place in safekeeping," from Latin sequester "trustee, mediator," noun use of an adjective meaning "intermediate," which probably is related to sequi "to follow" (from PIE root *sekw- (1) "to follow"). Meaning "seize by authority, confiscate" is first attested 1510s. Alternative sequestrate (v.) is early 15c., from Latin sequestratus. Related: Sequestered; sequestering.

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Definitions of sequester from WordNet

sequester (v.)
requisition forcibly, as of enemy property;
the estate was sequestered
sequester (v.)
take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority;
Synonyms: impound / attach / confiscate / seize
sequester (v.)
undergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an ion;
The cations were sequestered
sequester (v.)
keep away from others;
He sequestered himself in his study to write a book
Synonyms: seclude / sequestrate / withdraw
sequester (v.)
set apart from others;
The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on
Synonyms: sequestrate / keep apart / set apart / isolate
From wordnet.princeton.edu