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  Dictionary Definition of wean

wean
verb (t)
1. to accustom (a child or animal) to food other than its mother's milk.
-- phrase
2. wean off or wean from, to induce to give up dependence on (a substance, habit or activity).
3. wean on, to expose at an early age to (a specified activity): I was weaned on cricket.
4. wean on to, to induce to abandon a substance, habit, activity, etc., in favour of something deemed better: to wean a heroin addict on to methadone.
[ME wene, OE wenian, c. D wennen accustom, G gewöhnen, Icel. venja ]