wean

Part of speech: verb

To accustom ( the young of any animal) to relinquish its mother's for other nourishment.

Part of speech: verb

To alienate the affections of; reconcile to some privation.

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Usage examples "wean":

  1. Our sitting upon it could not harm either it or us; nor did we wean any disrespect to the man, whoever he might be, whose body was to be buried in it. - "Birds in the Bush", Bradford Torrey.
  2. He had declared that he was willing to sacrifice himself,- meaning thereby that if a lengthened visit to the cities of China, or a prolonged sojourn in the Western States of America would wean her from her love, he would go to China or to the Western States. - "The Duke's Children", Anthony Trollope.
  3. No subtlety of insinuation, no suggestion, could wean him from the fixed idea that the apology to Dr. Shrapnel must be spoken by his uncle in person. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.