wean

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wean gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk "she weaned her baby when he was 3 months old and started him on powdered milk","The kitten was weaned and fed by its owner with a bottle"
    • v wean detach the affections of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wean A weanling; a young child. "I, being but a yearling wean ."
    • Wean Hence, to detach or alienate the affections of, from any object of desire; to reconcile to the want or loss of anything. "Wean them from themselves.""The troubles of age were intended . . . to wean us gradually from our fondness of life."
    • Wean To accustom and reconcile, as a child or other young animal, to a want or deprivation of mother's milk; to take from the breast or udder; to cause to cease to depend on the mother nourishment. "And the child grew, and was weaned ; and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wean To accustom (a child or young animal) to nourishment or food other than its mother's milk; disaccustom to the mother's breast: as, to wean a child.
    • wean To detach or alienate, as the affections, from any object of desire; reconcile to the want or loss of something; disengage from any habit, former pursuit, or enjoyment: as, to wean the heart from temporal enjoyments.
    • n wean An infant; a weanling.
    • n wean A child; a boy or girl of tender age.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Wean wēn to accustom to nourishment other than the mother's milk: to reconcile to the want of anything: to estrange the affections from any object or habit
    • n Wean (wān) an infant, a child (Scot.)
    • n Wean a child or animal newly weaned
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wenen, AS. wenian, wennan, to accustom; akin to D. wennen, G. gewöhnen, OHG. giwennan, Icel. venja, Sw. vänja, Dan. vænne, Icel. vanr, accustomed, wont; cf. AS. āwenian, to wean, G. entwöhnen,. See Wont (a.)

Usage

In literature:

To wean, and not wear out your joys.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
I wrote Turner Simpson to send you the pup when it was old enough to wean.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Possibly if she could be weaned away from her eccentric Relations and governed with a Firm Hand she would turn out O.K.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Here it was neither hot nor cold, but like the climate in spring when the lambs are being weaned.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
Joe says they're all ready to be delivered, just weaned and everything.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
There may also appear definite indications in certain children which make it imperative that the nursing child should early be weaned.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
One could not but ask, were they weaned, or were they just 'out?
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, April 1844" by Various
You mustn't shake the pious belief in which I was brought up, that you are all weaned with Scotch!
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
We, toilers after truth, are weaned too soon From earth's dark arms and naked barbarous breast.
"The New Morning" by Alfred Noyes
The doctor said Mrs Greenly must be sent for and the baby must be weaned.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
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In poetry:

How's the wind Skipper?
"Ahead an' blowin' hard;
Doan't like her way
Of pitchin' about?
Tide against wind
Wean't hark to owt."
"A North Sea Skipper" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Three short years flew by fu' canty,
Jean and Will thought them but ane;
Ilka day brought joy and plenty,
Ilka year a dainty wean;
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Come in, come in to the weans an' me,
The fire is lowin' bricht;
If ye stan' ony langer there, ye'll get
Your death o' cauld this nicht.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
Not all that men on earth can do,
Nor powers on high, nor powers below,
Shall cause his mercy to remove,
Or wean our hearts from Christ our love.
"Hymn 14" by Isaac Watts
Will wrought sair, but aye with pleasure;
Jean the hale day span and sang;
Will and weans her constant treasure,
Blest wi' them nae day seem'd lang;
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
And though no love my love can wean
From Albion's crags and cradling sea,
You, Florence, since that hour, have been
More than a foster—nurse to me.
"Florence" by Alfred Austin

In news:

With Exclusive Commentary About How to Wean Clients From Unhealthy Tanning Behaviors.
Randle recommends fenceline weaning or anti-nursing methods to early weaning calves to help eliminate stress.
A new-old plan to wean the world off formula.
WEAN celebrates Oak Harbor move.
Wean off the screen.
WEAN plans annual meeting.
States Try to Wean Parks Off Funding.
How NPR Can Wean Itself Off Federal Funding.
Germany to wean itself off fossil fuels.
"She should have been weaned off the bottle by the time she was one year old," Dr Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician and co-author of Food Fights, tells Usmagazine.com.
WEAN holds officer elections for 2009-10.
Calving later, we now wean a 430-lb.
Studies find desire to wean selves off oil.
This week's Time magazine cover has triggered discussion about attachment parenting, breastfeeding -- and when to wean.
The goal was to wean Haiti from aid dependency and help develop the country's private sector.
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