wean
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English wenen, from Old English wenian to accustom, wean; akin to Old English wunian to be used to — more at wont Date: before 12th century 1. to accustom (as a young child or animal) to take food otherwise than by nursing 2. to detach from a source of dependence <
being weaned off the medication
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wean the bears from human food — Sports Illus.
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; also to free from a usually unwholesome habit or interest <
wean him off his excessive drinking
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settling his soldiers on the land…, weaning them from habits of violence — Geoffrey Carnall
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3. to accustom to something from an early age — used in the passive especially with on <
students weaned on the Internet for research
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I was weaned on greasepaint — Helen Hayes
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the principles upon which he had been weaned — J. A. Michener
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wean — wean·el; wean·er; wean·ie; wean·ly; wean·yer; wean; wean·ling; …   English syllables

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wean — [wi:n] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: wenian] to gradually stop feeding a baby or young animal on its mother s milk and start giving it ordinary food wean sb onto sth ▪ It s time to start weaning her onto solid foods. wean off/from [wean sb… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Wean — Wean, n. A weanling; a young child. [1913 Webster] I, being but a yearling wean. Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wean — Ⅰ. wean [1] ► VERB 1) accustom (a young mammal) to food other than its mother s milk. 2) (often wean off) make (someone) give up a habit or addiction. 3) (be weaned on) be strongly influenced by (something) from an early age. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • wean — O.E. wenian to accustom, from P.Gmc. *wanjanan (Cf. O.N. venja, Du. wennen, O.H.G. giwennan, Ger. gewöhnen to accustom ), from *wanaz accustomed (related to WONT (Cf. wont)). The sense of weaning a child from the breast in O.E. was generally… …   Etymology dictionary

  • wean — wean1 [wēn] vt. [ME wenen < OE wenian, to accustom, train, with sense of awenian, to wean < a (< af , away) + wenian < IE base * wen , to desire, attain, be satisfied > L venus, love] 1. to cause (a child or young animal) to become …   English World dictionary

  • wean — index alienate (estrange), withdraw Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wean — *estrange, alienate, disaffect Analogous words: *separate, part, divide, sunder, sever, divorce Antonyms: addict …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wean — v. 1) (D; tr.) to wean from (to wean a calf from its mother) 2) (misc.) to wean smb. away from bad company * * * [wiːn] (misc.) to wean smb. away from bad company (D; tr.) to wean from (to wean a calf from its mother) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wean — wean1 [ win ] verb transitive to make a baby stop taking its mother s milk and start to eat solid food a. wean someone off/from something to make someone gradually stop depending on something that they like and have become used to, especially a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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