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

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Other Words from estrange

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for estrange


alien, alienate, disaffect, disgruntle, sour



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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

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Now the band is announcing a new EP (title to come, releasing Nov. 22), video and fall release show — all of which herald a busy release season for a quartet that’s rarely estranged from the recording studio. John Wenzel, The Know, "Exclusive: Wildermiss reveals new album, video for “Hell or High Water”," 14 June 2019 In addition to being Bianca’s estranged best friend, Ainsley was the daughter of Bianca’s father’s vanquished presidential opponent, Marjorie Burton. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Harper's magazine, "First Daughters," 10 Feb. 2019 While the administration is currently focused on undoing its mess for the youngest children, thousands remain in government custody estranged from their families. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Exactly How Many Separated Immigrant Families Have Been Reunited?," 10 July 2018 As to plot: Gladstone has become the owner of an NBA team in Newark that is struggling to make the playoffs and whose star player, Dag Maxwell, is estranged from the mother of his children. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "‘The Hazards of Good Fortune’ Review: An Unforgiven Overreacher," 5 Oct. 2018 Maybe his family is estranged, or oceans away, or his relatives have all passed on. Sushrut Jangi,, "We shouldn’t keep families out of hospital rooms. Here’s why," 1 May 2018 Although their divorce did not become official until 1996, Sarah was estranged from the royal family after her photo scandal in 1992. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "A Complete Timeline of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's Relationship," 8 Oct. 2018 Tyler has reportedly been estranged from his father for some time. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Meghan Markle's Nephew, Tyler Dooley?," 9 Oct. 2018 She's long been estranged from him, and plans to spend the weekend getting ready to sell the house. Katie Walsh,, "The Gabrielle Union home-invasion thriller 'Breaking In' could use some breathing room," 10 May 2018

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of estrange

: 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

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