alienate

[ eyl-yuh-neyt, ey-lee-uh- ]
/ ˈeɪl yəˌneɪt, ˈeɪ li ə- /

verb (used with object), al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·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to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates.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 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin aliēnātus (past participle of aliēnāre “to transfer by sale, estrange”), equivalent to aliēn(us) “belonging to another, another's, foreign, alien ” + -ātus -ate1

synonym study for alienate

1. See estrange.

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British Dictionary definitions for alienate

alienate
/ (ˈeɪljəˌneɪt, ˈeɪlɪə-) /

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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