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Meaning of WEAN

Pronunciation:  ween

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  gradually deprive (infants) of mother's milk; "she weaned her baby when he was 3 months old and started him on powdered milk"
  2. [v]  detach the affections of

WEAN is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: ablactate
 See Also: alien, alienate, breastfeed, deprive, disaffect, estrange, give suck, lactate, nurse, suck, suckle, wet-nurse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    [=a]wenian to wean, G. entw["o]hnen. See {Wont}, a.]
    1. 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.
                                                   --Gen. xxi. 8.
    2. 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.'' --Shak.
             The troubles of age were intended . . . to wean us
             gradually from our fondness of life.  --Swift.
  2. \Wean\, n.
    A weanling; a young child.
          I, being but a yearling wean.            --Mrs.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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.