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alienate

[ ey-lee-uh-neyt, eyl-yuh- ]
/ 藞e瑟 li 蓹藢ne瑟t, 藞e瑟l y蓹- /
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verb (used with object), al路ien路at路ed, al路ien路at路ing.
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to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates.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.
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Origin of alienate

First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English, from Latin ali膿n膩tus (past participle of ali膿n膩re 鈥渢o transfer by sale, estrange鈥), equivalent to ali膿n(us) 鈥渂elonging to another, another's, foreign, alien 鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

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1. See estrange.

OTHER WORDS FROM alienate

al路ien路a路tor, nounnon路al路ien路at路ing, adjectivere路al路ien路ate, verb (used with object), re路al路ien路at路ed, re路al路ien路at路ing.un路al路ien路at路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for alienate

alienate
/ (藞e瑟lj蓹藢ne瑟t, 藞e瑟l瑟蓹-) /

verb (tr)
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

Derived forms of alienate

alienator, noun
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