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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estrangement \ i-​ˈstrānj-​mənt How to pronounce estrangement (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 Abdullah Abdullah, Ghani’s estranged governing partner and main contender, denounced the preliminary results as ‘‘fraudulent’’ and vowed to challenge them., "Afghanistan’s Ghani wins slim majority in presidential vote, preliminary results show - The Boston Globe," 23 Dec. 2019 According to court documents, Troconis is accused of assisting Dulos with disposing of and cleaning up items police said are connected to the disappearance of Farber Dulos, Dulos’ estranged wife and mother of his five children. Dave Altimari,, "Judge allows former girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Darien mother, to leave Connecticut to pick up daughter from airport," 6 Dec. 2019 Financial derivatives are more cognitively estranging than pennies. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "How “The Memory Police” Makes You See," 6 Nov. 2019 According to previous police reports, Tiffany Lazon was estranged from her husband. oregonlive, "Albany man used power saw to kill wife, whose body is still missing, police say," 22 Jan. 2020 Samantha lives with multiple sclerosis, and regularly posts about her half-sister on social media, despite being estranged from her since 2008. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle’s Family," 4 May 2018 Oxenberg is estranged from her mother, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, as well as her sister—who remains best-known for a two-year run on Dynasty in the 1980s—and writes unsparingly about them both. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Christina Oxenberg Is Related to Royalty and Hollywood Stars—And She Is Ready to Tell All Her Stories," 19 Dec. 2019 Reed is estranged from his family, who weren’t invited to watch and settled for a vantage point three miles away, according to some reports. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "SA native Reed is the same golf nerd he always was," 10 Apr. 2018 The two former friends were estranged at the time of his death after a fight led to their separation. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals How Robyn Crawford's Book About Whitney Houston Made Her Think About Tupac Shakur," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Estrange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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