Definition of estrange
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
estrangementplay \i-ˈstrānj-mənt\ noun her estrangement from her family
Examples of estrange in a Sentence
she estranged several of her coworkers when she let her promotion go to her head
Recent Examples of estrange from the Web
But he has been estranged from the Knicks because of his criticism of Mr. Dolan and the team’s performance.
Although Kim, who was estranged from his family, was not an obvious political threat, he may have been seen as a potential rival in the country's dynastic dictatorship.
Although Kim, who was estranged from his family, was not an obvious political threat, he may have been seen as a potential rival in the country’s dynastic dictatorship.
Originally from the Bahamas but estranged from his parents, Dawkins grew up living with relatives in Florida.
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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
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of estrange
ESTRANGE Defined for English Language Learners
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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