wean

wean [wi:n] v [T]
[: Old English; Origin: wenian]
to gradually stop feeding a baby or young animal on its mother's milk and start giving it ordinary food
wean sb onto sth
It's time to start weaning her onto solid foods.
wean off/from [wean sb off/from sth] phr v
to make someone gradually stop doing something you disapprove of
advice on how to wean yourself off nicotine
be weaned on [be weaned on sth] phr v
to be influenced by something from a very early age
I was weaned on a diet of Hollywood fantasy.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • wean — wean·el; wean·er; wean·ie; wean·ly; wean·yer; wean; wean·ling; …   English syllables

  • wean on — ˈwean on [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they wean on he/she/it weans on present participle weaning on past tense weaned on past partic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wean — Wean, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Weaned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Weaning}.] [OE. wenen, AS. wenian, wennan, to accustom; akin to D. wennen, G. gew[ o]hnen, OHG. giwennan, Icel. venja, Sw. v[ a]nja, Dan. v[ae]nne, Icel. vanr accustomed, wont; cf. AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wean — Wean, n. A weanling; a young child. [1913 Webster] I, being but a yearling wean. Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wean — Ⅰ. wean [1] ► VERB 1) accustom (a young mammal) to food other than its mother s milk. 2) (often wean off) make (someone) give up a habit or addiction. 3) (be weaned on) be strongly influenced by (something) from an early age. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • wean — O.E. wenian to accustom, from P.Gmc. *wanjanan (Cf. O.N. venja, Du. wennen, O.H.G. giwennan, Ger. gewöhnen to accustom ), from *wanaz accustomed (related to WONT (Cf. wont)). The sense of weaning a child from the breast in O.E. was generally… …   Etymology dictionary

  • wean — wean1 [wēn] vt. [ME wenen < OE wenian, to accustom, train, with sense of awenian, to wean < a (< af , away) + wenian < IE base * wen , to desire, attain, be satisfied > L venus, love] 1. to cause (a child or young animal) to become …   English World dictionary

  • wean — index alienate (estrange), withdraw Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wean — *estrange, alienate, disaffect Analogous words: *separate, part, divide, sunder, sever, divorce Antonyms: addict …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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