wean

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wean

 (wēn)
tr.v. weaned, wean·ing, weans
1. To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling.
2. To detach from that to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: She weaned herself from cigarettes.
3. To accustom to something from an early age. Often used with on: "The northerners among the refugees ... were weaned on harsh weather and infertile soils and are known for their rigorous work ethic" (Lowell Weiss).

[Middle English wenen, from Old English wenian; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: In recent years weaned on has come to be widely used in the sense "raised on," as in Moviegoers weaned on the Star Trek TV series will doubtless find the film to their liking. A few critics have objected to this usage on the grounds that wean refers literally to a detachment from a source of nourishment. But the process of weaning involves a substitution of some other form of nourishment for mother's milk; thus it is sometimes said that a child is weaned onto or on sugar water. Hence a sentence like Paul was weaned on folk music may suggest metaphorically that Paul's exposure to folk music began from the time he stopped nursing, that is, from a very early age.

wean

(wiːn)
vb (tr)
1. (Physiology) to cause (a child or young mammal) to replace mother's milk by other nourishment
2. (Zoology) to cause (a child or young mammal) to replace mother's milk by other nourishment
3. (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]
ˈweaning n

wean

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

wean

(win)

v.t.
1. to cause (a child or young animal) to lose the need to suckle; accustom to food other than the mother's milk.
2. to withdraw (a person, the affections, etc.) from some object or practice deemed undesirable: to wean oneself from rich desserts.
3. wean on, to accustom to or familiarize with something from, or as if from, childhood: a brilliant student weaned on the classics.
[before 1000; Middle English wenen, Old English wenian to accustom, c. Old Saxon wennian, Old High German giwennen, Old Norse venja]
wean′ed•ness, n.

wean


Past participle: weaned
Gerund: weaning

Imperative
wean
wean
Present
I wean
you wean
he/she/it weans
we wean
you wean
they wean
Preterite
I weaned
you weaned
he/she/it weaned
we weaned
you weaned
they weaned
Present Continuous
I am weaning
you are weaning
he/she/it is weaning
we are weaning
you are weaning
they are weaning
Present Perfect
I have weaned
you have weaned
he/she/it has weaned
we have weaned
you have weaned
they have weaned
Past Continuous
I was weaning
you were weaning
he/she/it was weaning
we were weaning
you were weaning
they were weaning
Past Perfect
I had weaned
you had weaned
he/she/it had weaned
we had weaned
you had weaned
they had weaned
Future
I will wean
you will wean
he/she/it will wean
we will wean
you will wean
they will wean
Future Perfect
I will have weaned
you will have weaned
he/she/it will have weaned
we will have weaned
you will have weaned
they will have weaned
Future Continuous
I will be weaning
you will be weaning
he/she/it will be weaning
we will be weaning
you will be weaning
they will be weaning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been weaning
you have been weaning
he/she/it has been weaning
we have been weaning
you have been weaning
they have been weaning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been weaning
you will have been weaning
he/she/it will have been weaning
we will have been weaning
you will have been weaning
they will have been weaning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been weaning
you had been weaning
he/she/it had been weaning
we had been weaning
you had been weaning
they had been weaning
Conditional
I would wean
you would wean
he/she/it would wean
we would wean
you would wean
they would wean
Past Conditional
I would have weaned
you would have weaned
he/she/it would have weaned
we would have weaned
you would have weaned
they would have weaned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.wean - gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milkwean - 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"
deprive - keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
2.wean - detach the affections of
alienate, disaffect, estrange, alien - arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness; "She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"
Translations
يَفْطُم
vænne fra
venja af brjósti
やめさせる乳離れさせる
nujunkyti
atšķirt no krūtsatšķirt no mātes
odstaviť
memeden/sütten kesmek

wean

[wiːn] VT [+ child] → destetar
to wean sb (away) from sth (fig) → alejar a algn de algo

wean

[ˈwiːn] vt
[+ baby, young] → sevrer
to wean sb off sth → se sevrer de qch

wean

vt babyentwöhnen; to wean somebody from or off somebody/somethingjdn jdm/einer Sache entwöhnen (geh)

wean

[wiːn] vt (baby) → svezzare
to wean sb (away) from alcohol → far perdere a qn il vizio del bere

wean

(wiːn) verb
to cause (a child or young animal) to become used to food other than the mother's milk. The baby has been weaned (on to solid foods).

wean

n. destetar, quitar el pecho de la madre.

wean

vt destetar