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wean

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verb \ˈwēn\

Simple Definition of wean

  • : to start feeding (a child or young animal) food other than its mother's milk

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wean

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to accustom (as a young child or animal) to take food otherwise than by nursing

  3. 2 :  to detach from a source of dependence <being weaned off the medication> <wean the bears from human food — Sports Illus.>; also :  to free from a usually unwholesome habit or interest <wean him off his excessive drinking> <settling his soldiers on the land… , weaning them from habits of violence — Geoffrey Carnall>

  4. 3 :  to accustom to something from an early age —used in the passive especially with on <students weaned on the Internet for research> <I was weaned on greasepaint — Helen Hayes> <the principles upon which he had been weaned — J. A. Michener>

Examples of wean in a sentence

  1. The calves are weaned at an early age.



Origin and Etymology of wean

Middle English wenen, from Old English wenian to accustom, wean; akin to Old English wunian to be used to — more at wont


First Known Use: before 12th century



WEAN Defined for Kids

wean

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verb \ˈwēn\

Definition of wean for Students

weaned

weaning

  1. 1 :  to get a child or young animal used to food other than its mother's milk

  2. 2 :  to make someone stop desiring a thing he or she has been fond of <I weaned myself off sweets.>




Medical Dictionary

wean

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transitive verb \ˈwēn\

Medical Definition of wean

  1. 1:  to accustom (as an infant or young child) to take food otherwise than by nursing

  2. 2:  to detach usually gradually from a cause of dependence or form of treatment




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