Es·trange v. t. [imp. & p. p. Estranged p. pr. & vb. n. Estranging.]
1. To withdraw; to withhold; hence, reflexively, to keep at a distance; to cease to be familiar and friendly with.
We must estrange our belief from everything which is not clearly and distinctly evidenced. --Glanvill.
Had we . . . estranged ourselves from them in things indifferent. --Hooker.
2. To divert from its original use or purpose, or from its former possessor; to alienate.
They . . . have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods. --Jer. xix. 4.
3. To alienate the affections or confidence of; to turn from attachment to enmity or indifference.
I do not know, to this hour, what it is that has estranged him from me. --Pope.
He . . . had pretended to be estranged from the Whigs, and had promised to act as a spy upon them. --Macaulay.
v 1: remove from customary environment or associations; "Her busy
schedule removed her from her duties as a mother"
2: arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly
been love, affection, or friendliness [syn: alienate, alien,