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[eyl-yuh-neyt, ey-lee-uh-]
verb (used with object), al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing.
  1. to make indifferent or hostile: By refusing to get a job, he has alienated his entire family.
  2. to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates.
  3. to turn away; transfer or divert: to alienate funds from their intended purpose.
  4. Law. to transfer or convey, as title, property, or other right, to another: to alienate lands.
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Origin of alienate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin aliēnātus (past participle of aliēnāre), equivalent to aliēn(us) alien + -ātus -ate1
Related formsal·ien·a·tor, nounnon·al·ien·at·ing, adjectivere·al·ien·ate, verb (used with object), re·al·ien·at·ed, re·al·ien·at·ing.un·al·ien·at·ed, adjectiveun·al·ien·at·ing, adjective

Synonyms for alienate

1. See estrange.
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Examples from the Web for unalienated

Historical Examples of unalienated

  • Chief among them were the millions of acres of so-called "unalienated" or Crown land in Southern Rhodesia.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

  • It meant also that the whole of the unalienated Crown Lands of the colony were vested in the Legislature.

    Our First Half-Century

    Government of Queensland

British Dictionary definitions for unalienated


verb (tr)
  1. to cause (a friend, sympathizer, etc) to become indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile; estrange
  2. to turn away; divertto alienate the affections of a person
  3. law to transfer the ownership of (property, title, etc) to another person
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Derived Formsalienator, noun
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Word Origin and History for unalienated



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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