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alienate

verb [T] uk   /ˈeɪ.li.ə.neɪt/ us  

alienate verb [T] (LOSE SUPPORT)

to cause someone or a group of people to stop supporting and agreeing with you: All these changes to the newspaper have alienated its traditional readers.

alienate verb [T] (MAKE UNWELCOME)

to make someone feel that they are different and not part of a group: Disagreements can alienate teenagers from their families.
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