wean (away) from (something)

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wean (away) from (something)

1. To accustom a baby or an infant mammal to stop relying solely on its mother's milk so as to take nourishment from some other source of food. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wean" and "(away) from." Doctors currently don't recommend weaning babies away from breastmilk before they are six months old. Some seal pups are weaned from their mothers' teat after only two weeks.
2. To slowly or gradually stop doing, ingesting, or consuming something to which one has developed a strong habit or dependency. I'm trying to wean away from so many fatty foods and start eating more fruits and vegetables. Some people are able to wean from smoking gradually, while other people find it better to stop completely all at once.
3. To force or accustom someone to the gradual withdrawal from some action or thing to which they have developed a strong habit or dependency. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wean" and "(away) from." I want to start weaning the kids away from TV and video games on the weekends and get them to read or play outside more. The medication helps wean patients off alcohol by simulating its effects in the brain.
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wean someone (away) from something

to force someone or an animal to break a habit. (Fig. on the notion of ending the dependence of a young creature on milk alone.) It was almost impossible to wean her from her high spending habits. We couldn't wean away the dog from its mother.
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wean from

or wean off
v.
1. To accustom some young mammal to nourishment other than something, as the mother's milk, obtained by suckling: The mother weaned the child from breast milk. The child was weaned from the breast.
2. To detach someone from something to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: I finally weaned myself from cigarettes. They were weaned from their drug habits at the rehabilitation center.
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References in classic literature ?
The first of those sorrows which are sent to wean us from the earth had visited her, and its dimming influence quenched her dearest smiles.
There's a paradox to using technology to wean us from technology, but Huffington has an explanation.
She said that the real objective of the alliance agreements was to finally wean us from dependence on foreign military presence with a truly modernized AFP capable of defending our country on its own.
In this way the entire book becomes an extended workout, designed to wean us from an accustomed Western narrative to a more tensive and exciting form.
Practice is important to wean us from sighting the shotgun.
This is also a way of conveying to our American allies that try as they might to wean us from our preoccupation with India, the perceived threat from that quarter will look real enough to Pakistani eyes when the Indian military command chooses to deal in the imagery of surgical strikes and rapid armour movements.
More rules are needed, we are told, in order to wean us from dependence on foreign oil.
"The other major way to wean us from oil is to resume construction of nuclear power plants.
Over the past year, biofuels have come into their own, riding on the promise that they can help wean us from foreign oil, boost our rural economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
So the green agenda seeks communion with others and with nature to provide the joys, succour and meaning that will help wean us from the desperate consumption through which we distract ourselves from modernity's lingering legacy of alienation and meaninglessness.
8, the day Bush signed that mammoth energy bill that provides billions in tax subsidies to big energy companies but does nothing to wean us from our dependence on foreign oil, address global warming or reduce the ever-rising prices at the pump.
If Bush is reelected, the failure to wean us from dependence on foreign oil will rank high in the reasons why the Bush administration presided over the beginning of the end of America's wealth.
We would be given car substitutes to wean us from our dreadful addiction.
But if religious forays into social welfare don't necessarily "heal" us, conservatives may hope that they wean us from dependence on government programs.
On the other hand, his very fruitful suggestion that great religious traditions are `schools to wean us from idolatry and purify our desires', and his extremely sensitive treatment of Indian traditions, seem to show a wish for a spiritual commonality of prayer between traditions that would not have been strange to Schleiermacher.