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VERB (2)

1. remove from customary environment or associations;
- Example: "years of boarding school estranged the child from her home"

2. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness;
- Example: "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"
[syn: estrange, alienate, alien, disaffect]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Estrange \Es*trange"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Estranged; p. pr. & vb. n. Estranging.] [OF. estrangier to remove, F. ['e]tranger, L. extraneare to treat as a stranger, from extraneus strange. See Strange.] 1. To withdraw; to withhold; hence, reflexively, to keep at a distance; to cease to be familiar and friendly with. [1913 Webster] We must estrange our belief from everything which is not clearly and distinctly evidenced. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster] Had we . . . estranged ourselves from them in things indifferent. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. To divert from its original use or purpose, or from its former possessor; to alienate. [1913 Webster] They . . . have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods. --Jer. xix. 4. [1913 Webster] 3. To alienate the affections or confidence of; to turn from attachment to enmity or indifference. [1913 Webster] I do not know, to this hour, what it is that has estranged him from me. --Pope. [1913 Webster] He . . . had pretended to be estranged from the Whigs, and had promised to act as a spy upon them. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

estrange v 1: remove from customary environment or associations; "years of boarding school estranged the child from her home" 2: arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness; "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious" [syn: estrange, alienate, alien, disaffect]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

72 Moby Thesaurus words for "estrange": abrupt, aggravate, alien, alienate, antagonize, break up, cast off, cast out, come between, cut adrift, cut off, cut out, delete, depart, disaffect, disarticulate, disconnect, disengage, disjoin, disjoint, dissociate, disunify, disunite, divide, divorce, eject, embitter, envenom, exacerbate, expel, fan the flame, heat up, infuriate, irritate, isolate, leave, light the fuse, madden, make trouble, part, pit against, provoke, pull away, pull back, pull out, segregate, separate, sequester, set against, set apart, set aside, set at odds, set at variance, set on, sever, shut off, sic on, sow dissension, split, stand aloof, stand apart, stand aside, step aside, stir up trouble, subtract, sunder, throw off, throw out, uncouple, unyoke, wean, withdraw