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    make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated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    Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.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    Withdrawn from; stranger to; with the particle from.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.

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. Al Bello/Getty Images:

    We see you, value you and accept you. My role ; however, is also to stand up here, having asked our world governing body, FINA, to investigate, deliberate and uphold the cornerstone of fairness in elite women’s competition, and it pains me that this part of my role, may injure, infuriate and potentially alienate people from an already-marginalized trans community.

  2. Kevin McAleenan:

    I think the words matter a lot, if you alienate half of your audience by your use of terminology, it's going to hamper your ability to ever win an argument.

  3. John Challenger:

    The majority of employers have simply been encouraging their teams to get vaccinated, knowing a vaccinated workforce would significantly reduce the chances of outbreaks and, therefore, work stoppages, the political climate surrounding vaccines made it difficult for employers to mandate them, as no company wants to get into the crosshairs of political activist groups or alienate their team members.

  4. Doug Heye:

    Regardless of whether or not he wins... it looks like Republican Glenn Youngkin is showing Republicans that they don't need to be wedded to Donald Trump, sure, they don't want to cross him and alienate his base. But, especially with Biden's low numbers and McAuliffe's vulnerabilities on things like education, Republicans can play on Democrats' field. That's the first step in putting Trump in the rearview mirror.

  5. 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.

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