Definition of estrange in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈstreɪn(d)ʒ/
Pronunciation: /ɛˈstreɪn(d)ʒ/


[with object]
1Cause (someone) to be no longer on friendly terms with someone: he became estranged from his father
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  • His language deliberately estranges the modern reader from the customary historical accounts of the past, exposing a revisionist view of America.
  • A consequence of his broken marriage was the apparent attempt by his ex-wife to estrange his son from him, hence his over-indulgence of Carl's gambling habits.
  • Their relations ultimately further estrange him from his Jewish wife.
alienate, antagonize, disaffect, make hostile/unfriendly, destroy the affections of, turn away, drive away, distance, put at a distance;
sever connections between, set against, set at variance, set at odds with, make hostile to, drive a wedge between, cause antagonism between, sow dissension between
1.1 (as adjective estranged) (Of a wife or husband) no longer living with their spouse: his estranged wife
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  • Michael Cunningham, prosecuting, told the court that, after arriving back home from her trip, the defendant's estranged wife noticed her husband at her bedroom door with a knife in his hand.
  • An angry wife attacked her estranged husband's car, forced her way into his home and then led police on a 100 mph chase for 15 miles, it was alleged in court.
  • A husband hid outside his estranged wife's home and stabbed her in the stomach with a flick knife when she returned from a night out.


Late 15th century: from Old French estranger, from Latin extraneare 'treat as a stranger', from extraneus 'not belonging to the family', used as a noun to mean 'stranger'. Compare with strange.

Words that rhyme with estrange

arrange, change, counterchange, exchange, grange, interchange, Lagrange, mange, part-exchange, range, short-change, strange

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