Wean

Noun

  • (Scotland) A small child.

Verb

  • (transitive) To cease giving milk to an offspring; to accustom and reconcile (a child or young animal) to a want or deprivation of mother's milk; to take from the breast or udder.

    "The cow has weaned her calf."

  • (intransitive, by extension) To cease to depend.

    "She is weaning from her addiction to tobacco."

  • (transitive, by extension) To cause to quit something to which one is addicted or habituated.

    "He managed to wean himself off heroin."

  • (intransitive) To cease to depend on the mother for nourishment.

    "The kittens are finally weaning."

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