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Definition of alienate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈeɪlyə‑//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they alienate
    he / she / it alienates
    past simple alienated
    -ing form alienating
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  1. 1alienate somebody to make someone less friendly or sympathetic toward you His comments have alienated a lot of young voters.
  2. 2alienate somebody (from something/somebody) to make someone feel that they do not belong in a particular group Very talented children may feel alienated from the others in their class.
, NAmE//ˌeɪlyə‑//
noun [uncountable] The new policy resulted in the alienation of many voters. Many immigrants suffer from a sense of alienation.
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