Simple Definition of alienate
: to make (someone) unfriendly : to cause (someone) to stop being friendly, helpful, etc., towards you
: to cause (someone) to feel that she or he no longer belongs in a particular group, society, etc.
Full Definition of alienate
1 : to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent especially where attachment formerly existed
2 : to convey or transfer (as property or a right) usually by a specific act rather than the due course of law
3 : to cause to be withdrawn or diverted
alienatorplay \-ˌnā-tər\ noun
Examples of alienate in a sentence
He alienated most of his colleagues with his bad temper.
Her position on this issue has alienated many former supporters.
First Known Use of alienate
Synonym Discussion of alienate
ALIENATE Defined for Kids
Definition of alienate for Students
: to cause (a person who used to be friendly or loyal) to become unfriendly or disloyal <She alienated most of her friends with her bad temper.>
Medical Definition of alienate
: to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent where attachment formerly existed
Legal Definition of alienate
: to give away or sell (property or a property right) to another <will not sell, transfer, assign, hypothecate or otherwise alienate any of his voting shares — Strickland v. Rahaim, 549 So. 2d 58 (1989)> — compare devise
alienation\ˌā-lē-ə-ˈnā-shən, ˌāl-yə-\ play noun
Origin and Etymology of alienate
Latin alienare, from alienus not one's own
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