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to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates.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.

Nearby words

  1. alidade,
  2. alien,
  3. alien and sedition acts,
  4. alienable,
  5. alienage,
  6. alienation,
  7. alienation of affections,
  8. alienee,
  9. aliener,
  10. alieni generis

Origin of alienate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin aliēnātus (past participle of aliēnāre), equivalent to aliēn(us) alien + -ātus -ate1

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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 Formsalienator, noun

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Word Origin and History for alienate

alienate

v.

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.

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