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Definition of the adjective alienate

What does alienate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.

Definition of the noun alienate

What does alienate mean as a name of something?


  1. [obsolete] A stranger; an alien.

Definition of the verb alienate

What does alienate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: alienated | alienating | alienates

  1. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
  2. transfer property or ownership
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of alienate: alien
    • more generic word: transfer = cause to change ownership
  3. make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated
    • example: the boring work alienated his employees
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic words: affect / impress / move / strike = have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

Alternative definition of the verb alienate


  1. To convey or transfer to another, as title, property, or right; to part voluntarily with ownership of.
  2. To estrange; to withdraw affections or attention from; to make indifferent or averse, where love or friendship before subsisted; to wean.

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Google previewSouthern Reporter (1894)

Demolombe, § 290, in support of the statement that the condition not to alienate is an impossible One to impose upon a bequest of the ownership of property. From the former we translate: “That condition is impossible and to be expunged ...

Google previewSecond Decennial Edition of the American Digest (1919)

A Complete Digest of All Reported Cases from 1906 to 1916

Right to alienate is an inherent quality of vested fee-simple estates.—Harkness v. Lisle.

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law and Practice (1910)

The verb “alien'' and its later equivalent, “alienate,” mean to transfer the property or ownership of anything, to make over to another owner.” Alienation is the act whereby one man voluntarily transfers the property and possession of lands, ...

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

✳aliene; alienate; ✳abalienate. When we talk about property changing hands ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1887)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

ALIENATE, — The act by which the title to an estate involuntarily resigned by one person and accepted by another, in the forms prescribed by law.1 ALIENATED.— A transfer of title.* ALIENATION. — A mode of obtaining an estate by purchase ...

Google previewNew and Enlarged Dictionary of the English Language (1836)

The Pronunciation Marked and Modelled, with Important Variations, on the Plan of Walker. Preceded by a Complete Englisyh Grammar Stereo-type Ed

(see Alifn and To Alienate, which is commonly used), to make any thing the property of another by dispoaaesBing oneself; to estrange, to make strange, to turn the mind or affection, to make averse, used with from, as. The king ...

Google previewThe New Universal English Dictionary ... To which is added, a dictionary of cant words ... The fourth edition, carefully corrected by Mr. Buchanan, etc (1760)

by Nathan BAILEY

To ALIENATE (aliener, Fr. alitna, L.) 1. To transfer the property of'any thing to another. 2. To withdraw the heart or a!"sections; with the particle from, where the first possessor is mentioned. ALIENATE (alirmtur, L.) withdrawn from ; stranger to; ...

Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary (1863)

English, Technological, and Scientific by John Ogilvie

ALIAS ALIENATE ALIRE AL'GEBRA, n. [Ar. al and gaboron, the reduction of parts to a whole, or fractions to whole numbers, from the verb, which signifies to consolidate; Heb. Ch. Syr. and Eth. -::, gebar, to be strong.] The science of quantity in ...

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One ends up relying on pure musical inspiration, and failing that, the music won't lead to anything good, or it will alienate all but the most die-hard fans. (Boris Vian)
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Scrabble value of A1L1I1E1N1A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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