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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ween]
    • /win/
    • /wiːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ween]
    • /win/

Definitions of wean word

  • verb with object wean to accustom (a child or young animal) to food other than its mother's milk; cause to lose the need to suckle or turn to the mother for food. 1
  • verb with object wean to withdraw (a person, the affections, one's dependency, etc.) from some object, habit, form of enjoyment, or the like: The need to reduce had weaned us from rich desserts. 1
  • noun wean A young child. 1
  • transitive verb wean baby: give solids to 1
  • intransitive verb wean baby: start eating solids 1
  • intransitive verb wean stop feeding milk to a baby 1

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Origin of wean

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English wenen, Old English wenian; cognate with Dutch wennen, German gewöhnen, Old Norse venja to accustom

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Parts of speech for Wean


wean popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wean usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wean

verb wean

  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
  • deter — To deter someone from doing something means to make them not want to do it or continue doing it.
  • discourage — to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
  • stop — to cease from, leave off, or discontinue: to stop running.
  • prevent — to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.

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