Wean meaning

wēn
The definition of wean is to withdraw by small degrees, or to get a small child or animal off of its mother's milk and onto other food.

An example of wean is when you stop breastfeeding and start feeding your child food.

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To withdraw (a person or thing) by degrees (from a dependence on something)

To wean a patient from a ventilator, an addict from heroin, an economy from fossil fuels, etc.

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(intransitive) To cease to depend.

She is weaning from her addiction to tobacco.

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To detach from that to which one is strongly habituated or devoted.

She weaned herself from cigarettes.

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To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling.
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To be raised on or brought up with; to become accustomed to.

Weaned on good books.

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(scot., north eng.) A child or baby.
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To accustom the young of a mammal to take nourishment other than by suckling.
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To detach, especially gradually, from that to which one is strongly habituated.

Weaned herself from cigarettes.

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To cease giving milk to an offspring; to accustom and reconcile (a child or young animal) to a want or deprivation of mother's milk; to take from the breast or udder.

The cow has weaned her calf.

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To cause to quit something to which one is addicted or habituated.

He managed to wean himself off heroin.

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(intransitive) To cease to depend on the mother for nourishment.

The kittens are finally weaning.

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(Scotland) A small child.
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To accustom to something from an early age. Often used with on:
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Origin of wean

  • Middle English wenen from Old English wenian wen-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of wee and ane.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English wenian.

    From Wiktionary