estrange

verb es·trange \ i-ˈstrānj \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of estrange

estranged; estranging
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

estrangement

play \i-ˈstrānj-mənt\ noun
    • her estrangement from her family

estranger

noun

Examples of estrange in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of estrange

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

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


ESTRANGE Defined for English Language Learners

estrange

verb

Definition of estrange for English Language Learners

  • : 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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