alienate

verb
alien·​ate | \ ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce alienate (audio) , ˈāl-yə-\
alienated; alienating

Definition of alienate

transitive verb

1 : to cause to be estranged : to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent especially where attachment formerly existed He alienated most of his colleagues with his bad temper. Her position on this issue has alienated many former supporters.
2 : to convey or transfer (something, such 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3 : to cause to be withdrawn or diverted alienate capital from its natural channels

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Other Words from alienate

alienator \ -​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce alienator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for alienate

Synonyms

alien, disaffect, disgruntle, estrange, sour

Antonyms

reconcile

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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 (such as rebellion or discontent) of alienation without actual separation. troops disaffected by hunger

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However, these dolphins are few in number, are alienated from other dolphins, and their engagements with people aren’t always positive. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 At the same time, tying GitHub too closely to Azure risks alienating developers who work with rival cloud platforms from Google, Amazon, and others. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Microsoft’s GitHub Deal Is Its Latest Shift From Windows," 4 June 2018 Running geeks will love that, but those numbers can potentially be alienating for non-runners. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Coach Who Changed Running Forever," 7 June 2019 My peers were wealthy white kids – jocks and cheerleaders – and I felt super alienated. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Zoë Kravitz Reveals She Battled An Eating Disorder At 13," 4 June 2019 My peers were wealthy white kids – jocks and cheerleaders – and I felt super alienated. Channing Hargrove, refinery29.com, "Zoë Kravitz Covers British Vogue Ahead Of Big Little Lies Season 2," 4 June 2019 The president seems to have a penchant for alienating people and large entities like sports teams. latimes.com, "Refusal to provide drug users with clean needles is shameful," 13 June 2018 But becoming a one-issue party—a sort of UK Independence Party for Remainers—has risks, not least alienating the 17m people who voted for Brexit. The Economist, "The Cockroach Party: Britain’s Lib Dems cling on," 10 May 2018 Republicans have relied for generations on the loyal support of Cuban-American voters in South Florida, and the risk of alienating them with nonstop politics of racial fear-mongering is very real. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The cynical politics of John Bolton’s “Troika of Tyranny”," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of alienate

circa 1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alienate

see alien entry 1

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alienate

verb

English Language Learners 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.

alienate

verb
alien·​ate | \ ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce alienate (audio) , ˈāl-yə-\
alienated; alienating

Kids Definition of alienate

: 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.

alienate

transitive verb
alien·​ate | \ ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnāt, ˈāl-yə- How to pronounce alienate (audio) \
alienated; alienating

Medical Definition of alienate

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

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alienate

transitive verb
alien·​ate | \ ˈā-lē-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce alienate (audio) \
alienated; alienating

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 sharesStrickland v. Rahaim, 549 So. 2d 58 (1989) — compare devise

Other Words from alienate

alienation \ ˌā-​lē-​ə-​ˈnā-​shən, ˌāl-​yə-​ How to pronounce alienation (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for alienate

Latin alienare, from alienus not one's own

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