es·​trange | \ i-ˈstrānj How to pronounce estrange (audio) \
estranged; estranging

Definition of estrange

transitive verb

1 : to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in (someone) where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness : alienate John's excesses gradually estranged him from his mother …— Philip Norman She became estranged from her family.
2 : to remove from customary environment or associations The first words spoken were not those of one becoming estranged from this world, and already permitted to stray at times into realms foreign to the living.— Charlotte Brontë

Other Words from estrange

estrangement \ i-​ˈstrānj-​mənt How to pronounce estrange (audio) \ noun
her estrangement from her family
estranger noun

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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 (such as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation. troops disaffected by hunger

Examples of estrange in a Sentence

she estranged several of her coworkers when she let her promotion go to her head
Recent Examples on the Web As China has aligned itself more closely with Russia — regarding it as an ally to blunt U.S. global influence — its position is likely to estrange Europe further. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Ending the filibuster for nominations fueled polarization in the Senate, and nuking it for legislation would probably further estrange political factions. Fred Bauer, National Review, 2 Nov. 2020 Ensuing legal challenges from both sides would further estrange the two halves of the country. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 Nov. 2020 At the time, the writer Albert Camus was working on The Rebel, a book that would estrange him instantly and permanently from the Communist left in France. Sean B. Carroll, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2020 Lipolelo had been estranged from Thabane, who had filed for divorce when she was shot dead near her Maseru home on the night of June 14, 2017. Herbert Moyo,, 21 Feb. 2020 Lipolelo had been estranged from Thabane, who had filed for divorce when she was shot dead near her Maseru home on the night of June 14, 2017. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2020 In other cases where parents are estranged, improvisation has necessitated billable hours with divorce attorneys and unearthed old wounds, making an already stressful time even harder. Matt Villano, CNN, 1 Apr. 2020 Farrow, who is estranged from the film director, shared that she is particularly disturbed by the decision to publish Allen’s book for a number of very personal, very obvious reasons. Ineye Komonibo,, 4 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of estrange

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for estrange

Middle English, from Anglo-French estrangir, estranger, from Medieval Latin extraneare, from Latin extraneus strange — more at strange entry 1

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