Alienate meaning

ālyə-nāt, ālē-ə-
To cause to become unfriendly or hostile; estrange.

Alienate a friend; alienate potential supporters by taking extreme positions.

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The definition of alienate is when a person turns those who once cared into people who no longer care, either by making others feel angry and/or by causing them to ignore a person.

An example of alienate is when a family member has been abusing drugs, and their behavior has caused the rest of the family to no longer be able to tolerate having them around.

An example of alienate is when someone tells all your friends that you lied to them and your friends no longer speak to you.

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To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive; isolate or dissociate emotionally.

The numbing labor tended to alienate workers.

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(law) To transfer (property or a right) to the ownership of another, especially by an act of the owner rather than by inheritance.
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To transfer the ownership of (property) to another.
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To make unfriendly; estrange.

His behavior alienated his friends.

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To cause to be withdrawn or detached, as from one's society.
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To cause a transference of (affection)
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Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.

O alienate from God. John Milton. Paradise Lost line 4643.

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(obsolete) A stranger; an alien.
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To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.
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To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention from; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to wean.
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To cause to be transferred; turn away.
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Origin of alienate

  • Latin aliēnāre aliēnāt- from Latin aliēnus alien alien

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin aliēnātus, perfect passive participle of aliēnō (“alienate, estrange”), from aliēnus. See alien, and confer aliene.

    From Wiktionary