[ US /ˈeɪɫjəˌneɪt/ ]
[ UK /ˈe‍ɪli‍ənˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated
    the boring work alienated his employees
  2. transfer property or ownership
    The will aliened the property to the heirs
  3. arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
    She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious
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How To Use alienate In A Sentence

  • But even these alienated loners can benefit from this book: See the section on astral love.
  • Hey, I'm all for cool action scenes in my SciFi, but -- if I may clarify the author's assumption -- stories that include inter-character relationships don't "alienate" me. Is Science Fiction Becoming 'Feminized'?
  • The party is struggling to win back voters who have been alienated by recent scandals.
  • The Other in Being and Nothingness alienates or objectifies us (in this work Sartre seems to use these terms equivalently) and the third party is simply this Other writ large. Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Querulousness, arrogance and an erratic streak alienated even his closest supporters, dooming his place in history.
  • Then the '90s hit, corporations further alienated people with touch-tone technology, and we all learned that the little guy on the lower-right corner of our dial pad had an easier to pronounce name than ‘#.’
  • In theory, this could be a smart strategic move but it is likely to "domesticate" Julian Assange; running such an NGO would require too many boring meetings with potential funders many of whom have already been alienated by the organisation and a nine-to-five office routine - the exact opposite of the glamorous nomadic lifestyle that the founder of WikiLeaks has become famous for. The Guardian World News
  • All these changes to the newspaper have alienated its traditional readers.
  • He appropriated just enough of the rhetoric of each faction to keep them all enthralled and unalienated. The Times Literary Supplement
  • Whatever our expectations are of Cotswold cuteness, we're out of step with the locals, who clearly haven't been alienated by the refurb.
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