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WEAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wean mean? 

WEAN (verb)
  The verb WEAN has 2 senses:

1. gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
2. detach the affections of

  Familiarity information: WEAN used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WEAN (verb)


Sense 1wean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

ablactate; wean

Context examples:

she weaned her baby when he was 3 months old and started him on powdered milk / The kitten was weaned and fed by its owner with a bottle

Hypernyms (to "wean" is one way to...):

deprive (keep from having, keeping, or obtaining)

"Wean" entails doing...:

bottle-feed; breastfeed; give suck; lactate; nurse; suck; suckle; wet-nurse (give suck to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2wean [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Detach the affections of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "wean" is one way to...):

alien; alienate; disaffect; estrange (arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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