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wean

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verb (used with object)
to accustom (a child or young animal) to food other than its mother's milk; cause to lose the need to suckle or turn to the mother for food.
to withdraw (a person, the affections, one's dependency, etc.) from some object, habit, form of enjoyment, or the like: The need to reduce had weaned us from rich desserts.
Verb Phrases
wean on, to accustom to; to familiarize with from, or as if from, childhood: a brilliant student weaned on the classics; suburban kids weaned on rock music.
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Origin of wean

before 1000; Middle English wenen,Old English wenian; cognate with Dutch wennen,German gew枚hnen,Old Norse venja to accustom

OTHER WORDS FROM wean

wean路ed路ness [wee-nid-nis, weend-], /藞wi n瑟d n瑟s, 藞wind-/, nounpost路wean路ing, adjectivepre路wean路ing, adjectiveun路weaned, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wean

wean , ween
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British Dictionary definitions for wean (1 of 2)

wean1
/ (wi藧n) /

verb (tr)
to cause (a child or young mammal) to replace mother's milk by other nourishment
(usually foll by from) to cause to desert former habits, pursuits, etc

Derived forms of wean

weaning, noun

Word Origin for wean

Old English wenian to accustom; related to German gew枚hnen to get used to

British Dictionary definitions for wean (2 of 2)

wean2
/ (we瑟n, wi藧n) /

noun
Scot and Northern English dialect a child; infant

Word Origin for wean

a contraction of wee ane or perhaps a shortened form of weanling
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