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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 on (something)

1. To accustom a baby or infant mammal to solid food or some source of nourishment other than breastmilk. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wean" and "on"; often used in passive constructions. Children in this village are weaned on fish meat from as early as three months of age. Emerging evidence is suggesting that farmers should begin weaning piglets on feed closer to 28 days after birth, as opposed to the traditional age of three weeks.
2. To accustom a person to something at great length from a very young age. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wean" and "on"; often used in passive constructions. More and more parents are weaning their kids on smart devices as a form of substitute childcare, which in turn results in a decline in social interactions and physical activity. For a generation weaned on schlocky B movies of the 1980s, this film will be a nostalgia-driven delight.
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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
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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wean on

1. To accustom some infant mammal to take nourishment other than by suckling: The mother weaned the child on formula.
2. Slang To accustom someone to something from an early age. Used chiefly in the passive: Moviegoers who were weaned on the TV series will find the film to their liking.
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The results of the average weaning ages and growth performance of yellow cattle calves affected by different weaning times are shown in Table 2.
Derived variables included weight at 60 days of age, weaning weight, and pre-weaning daily gain.
The behavioral characteristics (%) for the periods between birth - weaning and between weaning - 3 months of age are provided in Tables V and VI and the behavioral characteristics for the period between 3-6 months of age and between birth - 6 months of age are provided in Tables VII and VIII.
Arterial blood pressure was noted for both radial and femoral artery immediately after 5, 15 and 30 minutes of weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass.
Together with social media marketing, the website is also gaining in popularity with its additional tips, advice and recipes for weaning babies, toddlers and children.
Keywords: Knowledge and practices, Breastfeeding, Weaning, Working and non-working mothers.
Two-character analyzes were performed to estimate the (co)variance components and genetic parameters of the MW character, with the birth weight (BW), weight gains from birth to weaning (WG) and after weaning (YG), and final weight (MW; in kg) characteristics, conformation (WC), finishing precocity (WP), musculature (WM) scores at weaning and conformation (YC), finishing precocity (YP), musculature (YM) scores at yearling, and final index (INDF).
Fischer's exact test was used to determine the involvement of physiotherapists in weaning in relation to number of years qualified and type of physiotherapy degree held.
Producers also try to time the cycle of birth to weaning with the natural cycles of forage growth.
The present objective was to study the immediate effects of weaning on the markers of hepatic oxidative stress, apoptosis, function, and MAPK signaling pathways in postweaning piglets and then to evaluate whether there was a novel, promising method for preventing weaning stress in human beings and domestic animals.
Weaning piglets around 21 days of age is a critical time in hog production, as piglets are exposed to multiple stressors including separation from the sow, transportation, changes in diet, and an increase in aggression as new dominance hierarchies are established following the socialization of previously unfamiliar piglets (Held and Mendl 2001; Jensen 2002; King and Pluske 2003).
Weaning age ping-ponged up and down as temperatures changed, Cherney and Michigan colleague Daniel Fisher found.
LIVERPOOL stars of Channel 4's One Born Every Minute are featured in a new online documentary series, Britain's Weanagers, as their little ones embark on their weaning journeys.
Among them, 645 patients with tracheostomy conducted within 30 days of ventilator use were compared to 2715 patients without tracheostomy on death during hospitalization and study period, and successful weaning and medical utilization during hospitalization.