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alienate

verb

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1 to cause to change from friendly or loving to unfriendly or uncaring
  • Her position on the issue alienated many former supporters.
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2 to give over the legal possession or ownership of
  • Landowners have a right to alienate their right of ownership—in other words, they can sell the land if they want to.
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dispose of

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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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