Wean Wean, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Weaned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Weaning}.] [OE. wenen, AS. wenian, wennan, to accustom; akin to D. wennen, G. gew["o]hnen, OHG. giwennan, Icel. venja, Sw. v["a]nja, Dan. v[ae]nne, Icel. vanr accustomed, wont; cf. AS. [=a]wenian to wean, G. entw["o]hnen. See {Wont}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To accustom and reconcile, as a child or other young animal, to a want or deprivation of mother's milk; to take from the breast or udder; to cause to cease to depend on the mother nourishment. [1913 Webster]

And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. --Gen. xxi. 8. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to detach or alienate the affections of, from any object of desire; to reconcile to the want or loss of anything. ``Wean them from themselves.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The troubles of age were intended . . . to wean us gradually from our fondness of life. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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