wean from/off

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wean from/off

:to make (someone or something) stop doing or using (something)
  • efforts to wean the country from its dependence on foreign oil
  • I'm gradually weaning myself off cigarettes.

Word by Word Definitions

wean play
  1. : to accustom (a young child or animal) to take food otherwise than by nursing

  2. : to detach from a source of dependence

  3. : to accustom to something from an early age

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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