• IPA: /ˈeɪ.li.ə.neɪt/

alienate (not comparable)

  1. (archaic, followed by "from") Estranged; withdrawn in affection; foreign
    • 1667, John Milton. Paradise Lost (line 4643)
      O alienate from God.

alienate (plural alienates)

  1. (obsolete) A stranger; an alien.

alienate (alienates, present participle alienating; past and past participle alienated)

  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.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 1, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    • :
      The recollection of his former life is a dream that only the more alienates him from the realities of the present.
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