Alienate Definition

ālyə-nāt, ālē-ə-
alienated, alienates, alienating
alienated, alienates, alienating
To cause to become unfriendly or hostile; estrange.
Alienate a friend; alienate potential supporters by taking extreme positions.
American Heritage
To transfer the ownership of (property) to another.
Webster's New World
To cause to become withdrawn or unresponsive; isolate or dissociate emotionally.
The numbing labor tended to alienate workers.
American Heritage
To make unfriendly; estrange.
His behavior alienated his friends.
Webster's New World
To cause to be transferred; turn away.
American Heritage

Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.

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

(obsolete) A stranger; an alien.


Origin of Alienate

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin aliēnāre aliēnāt- from Latin aliēnus alien alien

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

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