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- simple past tense and past participle of
- She estranged her husband by not talking to him for over a year.
- Having become a stranger, of one who formerly was close, as a relative, friend, lover, or spouse.
A relatively formal term, the more colloquial alternative is “to not talk”, as in “I don’t talk to my mother”. A semi-formal alternative is not on speaking terms.