What is Alienate?

Legal Definition
Aliene, alien. This is a generic term applicable to the various methods of transferring property from one person to another. Lord Coke, says, (1 Inst. 118 b,) alien cometh of the verb alienate, that is, alienum facere vel ex nostro dominio in alienum trawferre sive rem aliquam in dominium alterius transferre. These methods vary, according to the nature of the property to be conveyed and the particular objects the conveyance is designed to accomplish. It has been held, that under a prohibition to alienate, long leases are comprehended. 2 Dow's Rep. 210.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
To convey; to transfer the title to property. Co. litt. 118b. Alien is very commonly used in the same sense. 1 Washb. Real Prop. 53. "Sell, alienate, and dispone" are the formal words of transfer in Scotch conveyances of heritable property. Bell. "The term alienate has a technical legal meaning, and any transfer of real estate, short of a conveyance of the title, is not an alienation of the estate. No matter in what form the sale may be made, unless the title is conveyed to the purchaser, the estate is not alienated." Masters v. Insurance Co., 11 Barb. (N. Y.) 630.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
To transfer title.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary