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Definition of the adjective alienate

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  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 Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign; with from.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 make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated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 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 previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Miscellaneous and lexicographical, vol. 1

To' alienate (met.) ...

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 previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Tr> alienate ; to divert from original use or possessor. — They have estranged this place, and have burnt incense in it to other gods. jfer. xix. 4. 5. To alienate from affection ; to turn from kind- ncsi to malevolence or indifference.

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

alienate (Ā-lē-ә-nāt) vb.

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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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