|1.||[ verb ] make (animals) fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans|
"The horse was domesticated a long time ago" "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"
|Related terms:||adapt animal|
|2.||[ verb ] adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment|
|Synonyms:||naturalize naturalise tame cultivate|
"domesticate oats" "tame the soil"
|Related terms:||adapt plant naturalization naturalisation|
|3.||[ verb ] overcome the wildness of (an animal); make docile and tractable|
|Synonyms:||domesticise reclaim tame domesticize|
"He tames lions for the circus"
|Related terms:||change tame break_in animal|