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Topic: BIRTH

Language: Old English
Origin: wenian

wean

verb
     
wean [transitive]
MBHB to gradually stop feeding a baby or young animal on its mother's milk and start giving it ordinary food
wean somebody onto something
It's time to start weaning her onto solid foods.

wean somebody off/from something

phrasal verb
to make someone gradually stop doing something you disapprove of:
advice on how to wean yourself off nicotine

be weaned on something

phrasal verb
to be influenced by something from a very early age:
I was weaned on a diet of Hollywood fantasy.
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