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Pronunciation : Wean
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [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. awenian to wean, G. entwöhnen. See Wont, a.]
Definition : 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.

t. [imp. & p. p. Weaned; p. pr. & vb. n. Weaning.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Wean
Part of Speech : n.
Definition : Defn: A weanling; a young child. I, being but a yearling wean. Mrs. Browning.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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