What does alienate mean?

Definitions for alienate
ˈeɪl yəˌneɪt, ˈeɪ li ə-alien·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. estrange, alienate, alien, disaffectverb

    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, alienateverb

    transfer property or ownership

    "The will aliened the property to the heirs"

  3. alienateverb

    make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated

    "the boring work alienated his employees"


  1. alienatenoun

    A stranger; an alien.

  2. alienateverb

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

  3. alienateverb

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

  4. alienateadjective

    Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.

    O alienate from God. . Paradise Lost line 4643.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alienateadjective

    Withdrawn from; stranger to; with the particle from.

    Etymology: alienatus, Lat.

    They are most damnably wicked; impatient for the death of the queen; ready to gratify their ambition and revenge, by all desperate methods; wholly alienate from truth, law, religion, mercy, conscience, or honour. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

  2. To Alienateverb

    Etymology: aliener, Fr. alieno, Lat.

    The countries were once christian, and members of the church, and where the golden candlesticks did stand, though now they be utterly alienated, and no christians left. Francis Bacon.

    The manner of mens writing must not alienate our hearts from the truth. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    Be it never so true which we teach the world to believe, yet if once their affections begin to be alienated, a small thing persuadeth them to change their opinions. Richard Hooker, Dedicat.

    His eyes survey’d the dark idolatries
    Of alienated Judah. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i. l. 457.

    Any thing that is apt to disturb the world, and to alienate the affections of men from one another, such as cross and distasteful humours, is, either expressly, or by clear consequence and deduction, forbidden in the New Testament. John Tillotson.

    Her mind was quite alienated from the honest Castilian, whom she was taught to look upon as a formal old fellow. Joseph Addison, Spectat.


  1. alienate

    To alienate is to cause someone to feel isolated, estranged, or unwelcome. It can also refer to the act of transferring the ownership of property or rights to another person or group.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alienateadjective

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

  2. Alienateverb

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

  3. Alienateverb

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

  4. Alienatenoun

    a stranger; an alien

  5. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of alienate in a Sentence

  1. Helal Miah:

    Cost cuts and other strategic initiatives are still ongoing and should be welcomed by investors, but strategies, such as taking the brand even more upmarket, have the potential to backfire and alienate traditional customers as we have seen with other brands in the industry.

  2. President Obama:

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

  3. Joseph Addison:

    Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

  4. Antony Blinken:

    I’m convinced he’s going to try to do that, one of the things that Vladimir Putin has done, starting back in 2014 when they first went into Ukraine, seizing Crimea, seizing a part of eastern Ukraine, is to totally alienate the Ukrainian people from Russia. Before 2014, actually, Russia was pretty popular in Ukraine.

  5. Variety TV reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister:

    Being on Disney Channel, ‘Girl Meets World’ had a devoted audience from the get-go because there are only so many kids' channels out there and young viewers consume pretty much everything that is thrown at them from Disney, though it's billed as a family show, Netflix isn't made solely for kids, so a wide-ranging audience can tune into ‘Fuller House,’ which theoretically can bring in more views, but also can alienate younger viewers….

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