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Definition of alienate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    alienate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪliəneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪliəneɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they alienate
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪliəneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪliəneɪt//
     
    he / she / it alienates
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪliəneɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪliəneɪts//
     
    past simple alienated
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪliəneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪliəneɪtɪd//
     
    past participle alienated
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪliəneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪliəneɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form alienating
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪliəneɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪliəneɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1alienate somebody to make somebody less friendly or sympathetic towards you His comments have alienated a lot of young voters.
  2. 2alienate somebody (from something/somebody) to make somebody feel that they do not belong in a particular group Very talented children may feel alienated from the others in their class.
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin alienat- ‘estranged’, from the verb alienare, from alienus ‘of another’, from alius ‘other’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alienate