1. [ verb ] correct by punishment or discipline
Synonyms: subdue chasten
Related terms: change break_in domesticate
2. [ adjective ] flat and uninspiring
Related terms: unexciting
3. [ verb ] overcome the wildness of (an animal); make docile and tractable
Synonyms: domesticize domesticise reclaim domesticate

"He tames lions for the circus"

Related terms: change break_in animal domesticate
4. [ adjective ] very restrained or quiet

"a tame Christmas party" "she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed"

Related terms: wild subdued quiet
5. [ adjective ] brought from wildness into a domesticated state
Synonyms: tamed

"tame animals" "fields of tame blueberries"

Related terms: wild cultivated domestic tamed docile broken tractable tameness
6. [ verb ] make (animals) fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
Synonyms: domesticate

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

Related terms: adapt animal domesticate
7. [ verb ] adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
Synonyms: cultivate naturalize naturalise domesticate

"domesticate oats" "tame the soil"

Related terms: adapt plant naturalization naturalisation
8. [ verb ] make less strong or intense; soften
Synonyms: moderate tone_down

"Tone down that aggressive letter" "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"

Related terms: change paraphrase moderation
9. [ adjective ] very docile
Synonyms: meek

"tame obedience" "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes

Related terms: docile
Similar spelling:   Tam