weans on


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.

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

weanedness [wee-nid-nis, weend-] , noun
postweaning, adjective
preweaning, adjective
unweaned, adjective

wean, ween.
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wean1 (wiːn)
1.  to cause (a child or young mammal) to replace mother's milk by other nourishment
2.  (usually foll by from) to cause to desert former habits, pursuits, etc
[Old English wenian to accustom; related to German gewöhnen to get used to]

wean2 (weɪn, wiːn)
dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a child; infant
[a contraction of wee ane or perhaps a shortened form of weanling]

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Word Origin & History

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). The sense of weaning a child from the breast in O.E. was generally expressed by gewenian or awenian,
which has a sense of "unaccustom" (cf. Ger. abgewöhnen, entwöhnen "to wean," lit. "to unaccustom"). The prefix subsequently wore off. Figurative extension to any pursuit or habit is from 1526.
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Medical Dictionary

wean (wēn)
v. weaned, wean·ing, weans

  1. To deprive permanently of breast milk and begin to nourish with other food.

  2. To accustom the young of a mammal to take nourishment other than by suckling.

  3. To gradually withdraw from a life-support system.

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Bible Dictionary

Wean definition

Among the Hebrews children (whom it was customary for the mothers to nurse, Ex. 2:7-9; 1 Sam. 1:23; Cant. 8:1) were not generally weaned till they were three or four years old.

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