verb (used with object), al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing.
- to make indifferent or hostile: By refusing to get a job, he has alienated his entire family.
- to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates.
- to turn away; transfer or divert: to alienate funds from their intended purpose.
- Law. to transfer or convey, as title, property, or other right, to another: to alienate lands.
- to cause (a friend, sympathizer, etc) to become indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile; estrange
- to turn away; divertto alienate the affections of a person
- law to transfer the ownership of (property, title, etc) to another person
1540s, “make estranged” (in feelings or affections), from Latin alienatus, past participle of alienare “to make another’s, estrange,” from alienus “of or belonging to another person or place,” from alius “(an)other” (see alias (adv.)). Related: Alienated; alienating.