What does alienate mean?

Definitions for alienateˈeɪl yəˌneɪt, ˈeɪ li ə-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word alienate.

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    make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated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"


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    Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.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    estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; -- with from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

  5. Origin: [L. alienatus, p. p. of alienare, fr. alienus. See Alien, and cf. Aliene.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alienate

    āl′yen-āt, v.t. to transfer a right or title to another: to withdraw the affections: to misapply.—adj. withdrawn: estranged.—n. Alienabil′ity.—adj. Al′ienable, capable of being transferred to another.—ns. Alienā′tion; Alienā′tor.—adj. Al′iened, made alien, estranged.—n. Al′ienism, the position of being a foreigner. [L. See Alien.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alienate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alienate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Obama:

    It’s always wises not to alienate a big city.

  2. Mark B. Cohen:

    Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.

  3. Prakash Acharya:

    Any more haggling over the constitution would further alienate politicians from the people who have lost everything in the earthquake.

  4. Omar Khayyam:

    To friends and eke to foes true kindness show; No kindly heart unkindly deeds will do; Harshness will alienate a bosom friend. And kindness reconcile a deadly foe.

  5. John Tantillo:

    Brands have to be careful not alienate their clients, when a non-profit gets into controversy, global brands have to revisit their relationship no matter how small.

Images & Illustrations of alienate

  1. alienatealienatealienate

Translations for alienate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for alienate »


Find a translation for the alienate definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these alienate definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"alienate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/alienate>.

Are we missing a good definition for alienate? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for alienate:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.