from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make hostile, unsympathetic, or indifferent; alienate.
  • transitive v. To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. 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. To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To withdraw; to withhold; hence, reflexively, to keep at a distance; to cease to be familiar and friendly with.
  • transitive v. To divert from its original use or purpose, or from its former possessor; to alienate.
  • transitive v. To alienate the affections or confidence of; to turn from attachment to enmity or indifference.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
  • v. remove from customary environment or associations


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)
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)



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