Definitions for alienateˈeɪl yəˌneɪt, ˈeɪ li ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•ien•ate*ˈeɪl yəˌneɪt, ˈeɪ li ə-(v.t.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. to turn away the affection of; make indifferent or hostile:

    He has alienated most of his friends.

  2. to transfer or divert:

    to alienate funds from their intended purpose.

  3. Law. to convey (title, property, etc.) to another:

    to alienate lands.

    Category: Law

* Syn: See estrange.

Origin of alienate:

1400–50; late ME < L aliēnātus, ptp. of aliēnāre, der. of aliēnusalien


Princeton's WordNet

  1. estrange, alienate, alien, disaffect(verb)

    arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

    "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"

  2. alien, alienate(verb)

    transfer property or ownership

    "The will aliened the property to the heirs"

  3. alienate(verb)

    make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated

    "the boring work alienated his employees"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. alienate(verb)ˈeɪl yəˌneɪt, ˈeɪ li ə-

    to make sb feel too uncomfortable to continue being part of a group

    His jokes alienated many of the show; ’s viewers.


  1. alienate(Noun)

    A stranger; an alien.

  2. alienate(Verb)

    To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.

  3. alienate(Verb)

    To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention from; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to wean.

  4. alienate(Adjective)

    Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.

    O alienate from God. . Paradise Lost line 4643.

  5. Origin: alienatus, perfect passive participle of alieno, from alienus. See alien, and confer aliene.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alienate(adj)

    estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; -- with from

  2. Alienate(verb)

    to convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of

  3. Alienate(verb)

    to withdraw, as the affections; to make indifferent of averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to estrange; to wean; -- with from

  4. Alienate(noun)

    a stranger; an alien

Translations for alienate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make someone feel unfriendly to one

He alienated his wife by his cruelty to her.

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