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Definition of WEAN
: to accustom (as a young child or animal) to take food otherwise than by nursing
: 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>
: 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
The calves are weaned at an early age.
Origin of WEAN
Middle English wenen, from Old English wenian to accustom, wean; akin to Old English wunian to be used to — more at wont