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 for sequester
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sequester \Se*ques"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sequestered; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Sequestering.] [F. s['e]questrer, L.
     sequestrare to give up for safe keeping, from sequester a
     depositary or trustee in whose hands the thing contested was
     placed until the dispute was settled. Cf. Sequestrate.]
     1. (Law) 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.
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              Formerly the goods of a defendant in chancery were,
              in the last resort, sequestered and detained to
              enforce the decrees of the court. And now the
              profits of a benefice are sequestered to pay the
              debts of ecclesiastics.               --Blackstone.
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     2. To cause (one) to submit to the process of sequestration;
        to deprive (one) of one's estate, property, etc.
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              It was his tailor and his cook, his fine fashions
              and his French ragouts, which sequestered him.
                                                    --South.
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     3. To set apart; to put aside; to remove; to separate from
        other things.
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              I had wholly sequestered my civil affairss. --Bacon.
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     4. To cause to retire or withdraw into obscurity; to seclude;
        to withdraw; -- often used reflexively.
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              When men most sequester themselves from action.
                                                    --Hooker.
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              A love and desire to sequester a man's self for a
              higher conversation.                  --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sequester \Se*ques"ter\, v. i.
     1. To withdraw; to retire. [Obs.]
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              To sequester out of the world into Atlantic and
              Utopian politics.                     --Milton.
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     2. (Law) To renounce (as a widow may) any concern with the
        estate of her husband.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sequester \Se*ques"ter\, n.
     1. Sequestration; separation. [R.]
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     2. (Law) 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. --Bouvier.
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     3. (Med.) Same as Sequestrum.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sequester
      v 1: requisition forcibly, as of enemy property; "the estate was
           sequestered"
      2: take temporary possession of as a security, by legal
         authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents
         impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the
         stolen artwork" [syn: impound, attach, sequester,
         confiscate, seize]
      3: undergo sequestration by forming a stable compound with an
         ion; "The cations were sequestered"
      4: keep away from others; "He sequestered himself in his study
         to write a book" [syn: seclude, sequester, sequestrate,
         withdraw]
      5: set apart from others; "The dentist sequesters the tooth he
         is working on" [syn: sequester, sequestrate, keep
         apart, set apart, isolate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  75 Moby Thesaurus words for "sequester":
     abrupt, accroach, alienate, annex, arrogate, attach, cast off,
     cast out, cloister, close off, collectivize, commandeer,
     communalize, communize, confiscate, cut adrift, cut off, cut out,
     delete, depart, disarticulate, disconnect, disengage, disjoin,
     disjoint, dispossess, dissociate, distrain, disunite, divide,
     divorce, eject, enisle, estrange, expel, expropriate, garnish,
     hide, impound, impress, insulate, island, isolate, leave, levy,
     nationalize, part, preempt, press, pull away, pull back, pull out,
     replevin, replevy, secrete, segregate, seize, separate,
     sequestrate, set apart, set aside, shut off, socialize, split,
     stand aloof, stand apart, stand aside, step aside, subtract, take,
     throw off, throw out, uncouple, unyoke, withdraw
  
  

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