alienate


alienate
[[t]e͟ɪliəneɪt[/t]]
alienates, alienating, alienated
1) VERB If you alienate someone, you make them become unfriendly or unsympathetic towards you.

[V n] The government cannot afford to alienate either group.

2) VERB To alienate a person from someone or something that they are normally linked with means to cause them to be emotionally or intellectually separated from them.

[V n from n] His second wife, Alice, was determined to alienate him from his two boys.

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alienated ADJ-GRADED usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ from n

He felt alienated from his peers.

alienation [[t]e͟ɪliəne͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT oft N of/from n

...the alienation of many from the political process...

Her sense of alienation from the world disappeared.


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