- to make indifferent or hostile: By refusing to get a job, he has alienated his entire family.
- to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates.
- to turn away; transfer or divert: to alienate funds from their intended purpose.
- Law. to transfer or convey, as title, property, or other right, to another: to alienate lands.
Origin of alienate
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Examples from the Web for alienate
Do the Republicans want to alienate important constituencies they will need in 2016?Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It
December 5, 2014
The President did not want to alienate Southern legislators whose votes he needed on his New Deal legislation.Channeling Eleanor
September 9, 2014
Further violence and escalation of the events into a civil war would only alienate him from the bulk of the Ukrainian people.My Life Behind Kiev’s Barricades
February 21, 2014
Positioning yourself against President Obama is a good way to alienate the most important constituency in the Democratic Party.Why Brian Schweitzer Has Already Lost
January 15, 2014
That may work spectacularly well, or it may alienate some users.Gaming the Twitter IPO
October 4, 2013
Every effort was made to alienate her from her French relations.
His mother alone could alienate the property, and he doubted whether she would.The Fortune of the Rougons
Had anything occurred that was likely to alienate her from her family?Howards End
E. M. Forster
Great efforts were then made to alienate Henry from his faithful minister.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
He lampooned the Prince Regent; yet he could not alienate the Tories.
- to cause (a friend, sympathizer, etc) to become indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile; estrange
- to turn away; divertto alienate the affections of a person
- law to transfer the ownership of (property, title, etc) to another person
Word Origin and History for alienate
1540s, "make estranged" (in feelings or affections), from Latin alienatus, past participle of alienare "to make another's, estrange," from alienus "of or belonging to another person or place," from alius "(an)other" (see alias (adv.)). Related: Alienated; alienating.