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

v 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
Type of:
insulate, isolate
place or set apart

v set apart from others

“The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on”
Synonyms:
isolate, keep apart, sequestrate, set apart
Type of:
disunite, divide, part, separate
force, take, or pull apart

v take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority

Synonyms:
attach, confiscate, impound, seize
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

v 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
Type of:
take
take into one's possession

v undergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an ion

“The cations were sequestered
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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