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English adjective: tame

1. tame flat and uninspiring


Similarunexciting


Antonymsexciting

2. tame very restrained or quiet


SamplesA tame Christmas party.
She was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed.


Similarsubdued


See alsoquiet


Antonymswild

3. tame brought from wildness into a domesticated state


SamplesTame animals.
Fields of tame blueberries.


Synonymstamed


Similarbroken, broken in, cultivated, docile, domestic, domesticated, gentle, tamed


See alsomanipulable, tractable


Attributedomestication, tameness


Antonymsuntamed, wild

4. tame very docile


SamplesTame obedience.
Meek as a mouse.


Synonymsmeek


Similardocile


Antonymsobstinate, stubborn, unregenerate


English verb: tame

1. tame (change) correct by punishment or discipline


Synonymschasten, subdue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

2. tame (communication) make less strong or intense; soften


SamplesTone down that aggressive letter.
The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements.


Synonymsmoderate, tone down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

3. tame (change) adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment


SamplesDomesticate oats.
Tame the soil.


Synonymscultivate, domesticate, naturalise, naturalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)accommodate, adapt


Domain categoryflora, plant, plant life

4. tame (change) overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable


SamplesHe tames lions for the circus.
Reclaim falcons.


Synonymsdomesticate, domesticise, domesticize, reclaim


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)break, break in


Verb groupdomesticate, tame


Domain categoryanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

5. tame (change) make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans


SamplesThe horse was domesticated a long time ago.
The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog.


Synonymsdomesticate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)accommodate, adapt


Verb groupdomesticate, domesticise, domesticize, reclaim, tame


Domain categoryanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna









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