sequester

The word sequester describes being kept away from others. If your sister tells you to stay out of the way so she can cook dinner for her new boyfriend, you might sequester yourself in your room.

Legal types may be familiar with the word sequester since it’s often used in relation to a jury for an important trial. In that case, members of the jury are sequestered, meaning they aren't allowed to watch the news or read articles that could influence their judgment. However, sequester can describe anyone who is isolated or hidden away from others, like a pop star sequestered in a hotel room, protected from fans' mania below.

Definitions of sequester
  1. verb
    keep away from others
    “He sequestered himself in his study to write a book”
    synonyms: seclude, sequestrate, withdraw
    adjourn, retire, withdraw
    break from a meeting or gathering
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    type of:
    insulate, isolate
    place or set apart
  2. verb
    set apart from others
    “The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on”
    synonyms: isolate, keep apart, sequestrate, set apart
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    type of:
    disunite, divide, part, separate
    force, take, or pull apart
  3. verb
    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
    synonyms: attach, confiscate, impound, seize
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    types:
    condemn
    appropriate (property) for public use
    garnish, garnishee
    take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
    distrain
    confiscate by distress
    type of:
    take
    take into one's possession
  4. verb
    requisition forcibly, as of enemy property
    “the estate was sequestered
    Synonyms:
    attach, confiscate, impound, seize
    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
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    type of:
    take
    take into one's possession
  5. verb
    undergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an ion
    “The cations were sequestered
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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