Usage examples for wean

  1. Sheep have been known, when seized with an epidemic disorder, to absent themselves from the rest of the flock, and hide themselves; and many touching stories are told of the artifices of necessity practised to wean them from their dead offspring, and make them adopt others; also of the manner in which they remain and watch the inanimate objects of their affection. – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  2. There are those again, older and more mature, who have not made experience of life in its harsher and sadder aspects sufficient to wean them from Wilde's theory, in which they are interested from a purely academic point of view. – Oscar Wilde by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  3. The pure air of Long Island, and the usual environment of his new home, did not wean him from it. – Children of the Tenements by Jacob A. Riis
  4. They were a bigotted people, highly prejudiced in their own favour; and so devoted to idle tradition, that no arguments could wean them from their folly. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I. by Jacob Bryant
  5. The wean my Annie near died to gie me? – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  6. When first it occurred to Esme to use her influence to wean Hallam from his nightly practice was uncertain; doubtless her desire had leaned that way from the beginning of their acquaintance; but it was not until she was well into the second week of her holiday that she summoned up sufficient courage one evening while they sat at dinner to propose that he should accompany her for a walk. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  7. It would have kept the wean well fed and the wife could ha' had the medicine she needs. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  8. Also, if Manley meant to wean them, she would have to see that they were fed and watered, she supposed. – Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower
  9. I'll probably have to wean them both, however, before many more weeks slip by. – The Prairie Mother by Arthur Stringer
  10. Sandip is right when he suspects that though I, for myself, may be ready to die at his hands, this boy I shall wean from him and save. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  11. 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 by Anthony Trollope
  12. He would not, however, wean the calf till the winter time, when she was shut up in the yard and fed on hay. – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  13. Still as you talk of your return, even in February, doubtingly, I have determined, the moment the weather changes, to wean my child. – The Love Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft to Gilbert Imlay by Mary Wollstonecraft Roger Ingpen
  14. Straws and bright papers, beads and pretty forms to thread on stout laces, were given her to wean her from her favourite but aimless string- play. – Marm Lisa by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  15. I have been endeavoring, Miss Stevenson, to wean your thoughts away from so unhappy a subject. – Starr, of the Desert by B. M Bower
  16. No one can be more anxious than I am to fasten the mind of my countrymen upon the practical things of to- day, and to wean their sad souls from idle regrets over the sorrows of the past. – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  17. At any rate, she used her influence to wean her husband from his outdoor pursuits- especially hunting. – Stories by English Authors: Ireland by Various
  18. " Naither mair nor less than that ye 're the father o' an oonborn wean answered Miss Horn. – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  19. By this method he hoped never so to lose self- control as to excite suspicion, and also gradually to wean himself from the drug altogether. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  20. Though many a league of water rolls between The simple beauty of an English scene, From all these wilder charms your love may wean – Robert Louis Stevenson a Record, an Estimate, and a Memorial by Alexander H. Japp