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alienate (verb) to cause someone to be less friendly with another person.

When differences arise and friends are no longer friends, there is alienation between them. A person who creates quarrels between two friends alienates the one from the other. A man's suspicion of his wife's character might alienate him from her; that is, differences arise between them and they might be separated.

  • Saddam Hussein's attempt to occupy Kuwait alienated him from the US leaders, especially George Bush.
  • John's attempt to alienate Martha from her husband failed as they were a couple with great love for each other.
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