American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make hostile, unsympathetic, or indifferent; alienate.
- v. To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Foreign; strange.
- Reserved; haughty.
- n. A stranger; a foreigner.
- To alienate; divert from its original use or possessor; apply to a purpose foreign to its original, proposed, or customary one.
- To alienate the affections of; turn from kindness to indifference or enmity; turn from intimate association to strangeness, indifference, or hostility.
- To keep at a distance; withdraw; withhold: generally used reflexively.
- To cause to appear strange or foreign.
- v. transitive To cause to feel less close or friendly; alienate. To cease contact with (particularly of a family member or spouse, especially in form estranged).
- v. transitive To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To withdraw; to withhold; hence, reflexively, to keep at a distance; to cease to be familiar and friendly with.
- v. To divert from its original use or purpose, or from its former possessor; to alienate.
- v. To alienate the affections or confidence of; to turn from attachment to enmity or indifference.
- v. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
- v. remove from customary environment or associations
- From Old French estranger ("to treat as a stranger"), from Latin extraneus ("foreigner, stranger") (from which also English strange, stranger). Also see Spanish: extraño. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English estraungen, from Old French estrangier, from Latin extrāneāre, to treat as a stranger, disown, from extrāneus, foreign; see strange. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“And home ends up being an old mansion with her hypochondriac of a mother and estrange half-sister.”
“I'm taking her hat off, in the rain, her hair spills like spinach all the way down to her backpack, the top pocket where the bowl and the cinnamon estrange themselves from the coffee.”
“And this very transformation saves him from speaking irresponsible words which estrange without reconciling and from making hasty judgments which are blind to the necessity of social progress.”
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“First off, standing up for equality does not ipso facto estrange us from America.”
“Still estrange from her dad, he feels for him as he is going blind.”
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