verb (used with object)
Origin of wean
Examples from the Web for wean
“Since MGP whiskey is [more than] 80 percent of my revenues, it might be silly to wean myself off of that,” Perkins says.Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana|Eric Felten|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The court postponed execution of the sentence, to give her time to recover from childbirth and to wean the new baby.In Sudan a Pregnant Woman May Be Hanged for Marrying a Christian|Nina Shea|May 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Direct payments came into being in 1996, originally as an effort to wean farmers off of direct government subsides altogether.
But it was Carter who first crusaded for the U.S. to wean itself off of its dependence on oil.Carter in Oscarland: The Rehabilitation of the 39th President|Douglas Brinkley|February 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“I was trying to wean him off,” Murray said to the detectives.
It was impossible to wean him from his little rules, and the world must follow his lead—or live elsewhere.Sonia Between two Worlds|Stephen McKenna
They are chastened to wean them from the world, and make them partakers of God's holiness.Practical Religion|John Charles Ryle
You have suffered yourself to be deluded by the whisperings of that feeling whose tendency was to wean your soul from Heaven.Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf|George W. M. Reynolds
His soul summoned home the true God into his joy to come; but the evil doers will, I wean, late be from torments called.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
He wished to write novels that should wean the young from the foolish romances of his day.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for wean (1 of 2)
Word Origin for wean
British Dictionary definitions for wean (2 of 2)
Word Origin for wean
Word Origin and History for wean
Old English wenian "to accustom," from Proto-Germanic *wanjanan (cf. Old Norse venja, Dutch wennen, Old High German giwennan, German gewöhnen "to accustom"), from *wanaz "accustomed" (related to wont). The sense of weaning a child from the breast in Old English was generally expressed by gewenian or awenian, which has a sense of "unaccustom" (cf. German abgewöhnen, entwöhnen "to wean," literally "to unaccustom"). The prefix subsequently wore off. Figurative extension to any pursuit or habit is from 1520s.