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English adjective: tame

1. tame flat and uninspiring



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.


See alsoquiet


3. tame brought from wildness into a domesticated state

SamplesTame animals.
Fields of tame blueberries.


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.



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.


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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