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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wean from

or wean off
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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
The propriety of these distinctions is explained by the nature of the senatorial trust, which, requiring greater extent of information and tability of character, requires at the same time that the senator should have reached a period of life most likely to supply these advantages; and which, participating immediately in transactions with foreign nations, ought to be exercised by none who are not thoroughly weaned from the prepossessions and habits incident to foreign birth and education.
“It is not at all remarkable; a half-breed can never be weaned from the savage ways—and, for one of his lineage, the boy is much nearer civilization than could, in reason, be expected.”
Therefore, hatchery-reared Haliotis midae (2-3 mm) were weaned from a diatom diet onto either a commercial formulated feed (Abfeed-S34), a kelp-supplemented feed (Abfeed-S34K), or fresh kelp (Ecklonia maxima), and gut bacterial communities were compared between diet treatments using 16S rRNA microbiome sequencing analyses.
Thus, the objectives of this research were: i) to estimate genetic correlations between number of piglets born alive in the first parity (NBA1), litter birth weight in the first parity (LTBW1), number of piglets weaned in the first parity (NPW1), litter weaning weight in the first parity (LTWW1), number of piglets born alive from second to last parity (NBA2+), litter birth weight from second to last parity (LTBW2+), number of piglets weaned from second to last parity (NPW2+) and litter weaning weight from second to last parity (LTWW2+), and ii) to identify the percentages of animals in common in the top 10%, 25%, and 50% using estimated breeding values (EBV) for NBA, LTBW1, NPW1, LTWW1, NBA2+, LTWW2+, NPW2+, and LTWW2+ in a commercial swine population in Northern Thailand.
The NPW2+ was calculated as the sum of the number of piglets weaned from the second to the last parity.
Thus, heterosis of the sow increased number of piglets and litter weight at weaning in the first parity and the sums of number of piglets born alive and weaned from the second to the last parity.
APuppies should start to be weaned from about three to four weeks of age.
Nineteen patients (43.2%) were successfully weaned from mechanical ventilation and 25 failed the weaning process, 22 of whom failed the SBT and three were extubated and needed reintubation within 48 hours of extubation.
The piglets should be weaned from the sow at 14 to 28 days, when they should weigh from 150 to 200 grams.
Individuals who could not be liberated or weaned from the ventilator spent months in hospitals, typically with a compromised quality of life and at a tremendous expenditure of resources and finances.
Tusks of juvenile mammoths carry a chemical record of the animals' environment and behaviors, including how quickly they became weaned from their mothers, scientists have found.
This bacterium normally becomes a predominant member of the intestinal community about the time an animal is weaned from its mother's milk.