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adjective strange pronunciation in American English /streɪndʒ/
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adjectivestrange
comparativestranger
superlativestrangest
 
  1. 1
    unusual or unexpected, especially in a way that surprises or worries you
    By a strange coincidence, we were both at the same hotel in Chicago last week.
    It had been a very strange week.
    it is/seems strange that: It seemed strange that she would leave so early.
    the strange thing is: The strange thing is, I was the only one there.
    for some strange reason: For some strange reason, I thought she lived in New York.
    1. a.
      used about someone whose behavior is unusual
      Ian really is a strange guy.
      He had a strange expression on his face.
  2. 2
    not familiar or known to you
    When you arrive in a new country, everything seems strange.
    a strange accent
    strange faces/people
    a strange place/house/country
  3. 3
    making you feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or sick
    She felt a strange tingling in the back of her neck.
    I always feel strange in a large group of people.

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