Definition of wean
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 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
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
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 English Language Learners
Definition of wean for English Language Learners
: to start feeding (a child or young animal) food other than its mother's milk
WEAN Defined for Kids
Definition of wean for Students
1 : to get a child or young animal used to food other than its mother's milk
2 : to make someone stop desiring a thing he or she has been fond of I weaned myself off sweets.
Medical Definition of wean
1: to accustom (as an infant or young child) to take food otherwise than by nursing
2: to detach usually gradually from a cause of dependence or form of treatment
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