verb \i-ˈstrānj\

: to cause someone to be no longer friendly or close to another person or group

: to cause someone to be no longer involved or connected with something


Full Definition of ESTRANGE

transitive verb
:  to remove from customary environment or associations
:  to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness :  alienate
es·trange·ment \-mənt\ noun
es·trang·er noun

Examples of ESTRANGE

  1. <she estranged several of her coworkers when she let her promotion go to her head>

Origin of ESTRANGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French estrangir, estranger, from Medieval Latin extraneare, from Latin extraneus strange — more at strange
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of ESTRANGE

estrange, alienate, disaffect mean to cause one to break a bond of affection or loyalty. estrange implies the development of indifference or hostility with consequent separation or divorcement <his estranged wife>. alienate may or may not suggest separation but always implies loss of affection or interest <managed to alienate all his coworkers>. disaffect refers especially to those from whom loyalty is expected and stresses the effects (as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation <troops disaffected by hunger>.


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