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alienate

al·ien·ate

alienate

 
pronunciation:
eI li neIt [or] eIl y neIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: alienated, alienates, alienating
definition 1: to cause to become unfriendly or averse; estrange.
She alienated her friends with her hostility.
synonyms:
estrange
antonyms:
charm, endear
similar words:
antagonize, oppose, rupture, separate, withdraw
definition 2: in law, to transfer (property, title, or the like) to another.
synonyms:
transfer
derivation: alienator (n.)
Word Parts
The word alienate contains the following parts:
ali Latin root that means other, foreign
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).