There are 2 definitions of wean in English:

wean1

Syllabification: wean
Pronunciation: /wēn
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Accustom (an infant or other young mammal) to food other than its mother’s milk.
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    • A breast-feeding mother will wean her infant before returning to work.
    • There were seventeen children in all, one a very young infant not even weaned from his mother's milk, yet.
    • Sperm whale mothers wean their calves on pieces of squid.
  • 1.1Accustom (someone) to managing without something on which they have become dependent or of which they have become excessively fond: the doctor tried to wean her off the sleeping pills
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    • Like all sorts of dependency we need to wean people off their cars, but at the same time we cannot leave people high and dry.
    • The patient dies 71 days later as doctors try to wean him from a ventilator.
    • She said she felt she had no support when trying to wean people off the drug, which is used for the short-term relief of anxiety.
    Synonyms
    disengage; accustom, train; guide, encourage
  • 1.2 (be weaned on) Be strongly influenced by (something), especially from an early age: I was weaned on a regular diet of Hollywood fantasy
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    • The easy availability of alcohol means that kids and teenagers are at risk of being weaned on to alcohol at an early stage.
    • McLaughlin says that he can't explain why, but he often feels a need to revisit his past, and classic American songbook material was what he was weaned on as a young jazz player in the '60s.
    • Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Carl Stalling wrote the music for the classic Warner Brothers cartoons that John Zorn was weaned on.

Origin

Old English wenian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wennen and German entwöhnen.

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There are 2 definitions of wean in English:

wean2

Syllabification: wean
Pronunciation: /
 
wēn/

noun

Scottish & Northern English
  • A young child.
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    • ‘My daughter goes to a fairly hard-core working-class school and every morning, I see guys kissing their weans, telling them how much they love them, and sending them on their way,’ says Mullan.
    • ‘It was a different matter when Jack Steedman had loads of weans going unpaid from door to door in Clydebank selling bingo tickets to raise funds,’ says Robertson.
    • ‘It's magic,’ is all the explanation weans require.

Origin

late 17th century: contraction of wee ane 'little one'.

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