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alienate

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verb alien·ate \ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnāt, ˈāl-yə-\

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

alien·at·edalien·at·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent especially where attachment formerly existed

  3. 2 :  to convey or transfer (as property or a right) usually by a specific act rather than the due course of law

  4. 3 :  to cause to be withdrawn or diverted

alien·atorplay \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of alienate

  1. He alienated most of his colleagues with his bad temper.

  2. Her position on this issue has alienated many former supporters.



Circa 1509

First Known Use of alienate

circa 1509

Synonym Discussion of alienate

estrange, alienate, disaffect mean to cause one to break a bond of affection or loyalty. estrange implies the development of indifference or hostility with consequent separation or divorcement <his estranged wife>. alienate may or may not suggest separation but always implies loss of affection or interest <managed to alienate all his coworkers>. disaffect refers especially to those from whom loyalty is expected and stresses the effects (as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation <troops disaffected by hunger>.

Rhymes with alienate

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Medical Dictionary

alienate

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transitive verb alien·ate \ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnāt, ˈāl-yə-\

Medical Definition of alienate

alien·at·edalien·at·ing

  1. :  to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent where attachment formerly existed





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