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. [1913 Webster] And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. --Gen. xxi.
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. [1913 Webster] The troubles of age were intended . . . to wean us gradually from our fondness of life. --Swift. [1913 Webster]
Wean \Wean\, n. A weanling; a young child. [1913 Webster] I, being but a yearling wean. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster]
1 gradually deprive (infants) of mother's milk; "she weaned her baby when he was 3 months old and started him on powdered milk" [syn: ablactate]
2 detach the affections of
Moby Thesaurusalien, alienate, blunt, break of, bring over, chill, convince, cool, cure, damp, dampen, deflect, deter, disaccustom, disaffect, discourage, disincline, disinterest, distract, disunify, disunite, divert, evangelize, indispose, persuade, proselyte, proselytize, put off, quench, repel, stop, turn aside, turn away, turn from, turn off, wean from, win over
- , /wiːn/, /wi:n/
- Rhymes with: -iːn
to cease to depend on the mother for nourishment
- Dutch: spenen
- Japanese: 乳離れさせる
to cease to depend
- Dutch: ontwennen
- Japanese: やめさせる
- ttbc French: sevrer
- ttbc German: entwöhnen
- ttbc Ido: ablaktar
- ttbc Italian: svezzare
- ttbc Norwegian: avvenne
- ttbc Novial: ablakta
- ttbc Spanish: desahijar
- Plural of wēa
EtymologyFrom wee + ane.
Weaning is the process of gradually introducing a mammal infant, either human or animal, to what will be its adult diet and withdrawing the supply of its mother's milk.
The process takes place only in mammals, as only mammals produce milk. The infant is considered to be fully weaned once it no longer receives any breast milk (or bottled substitute).
Normally, at the end of the weaning process, mammals experience reduced lactase production, becoming lactose intolerant. This is estimated to be the case with 70% of humans, with the rest being lactase persistent.