domesticate




To domesticate something is to tame a wild animal or plant so it can live with people. Dogs and cats are called domesticated animals because they live with us peacefully.

Nobody knows who first domesticated a wolf, but whoever it was was a very important person. If people hadn’t started living with wolves, slowly domesticating them and teaching them to get along with people, wolves would never have evolved into today’s dogs. We usually talk about how to domesticate animals, but wild plants can be domesticated too.

Definitions of domesticate
  1. verb

    make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans

    “The horse was
    domesticated a long time ago”
    synonyms:
    tame

    domesticise, domesticize, reclaim, tame

    overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
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    type of:

    accommodate, adapt

    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

  2. verb

    adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment

    domesticate oats”
    synonyms:
    cultivate, naturalise, naturalize, tame
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    type of:

    accommodate, adapt

    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

  3. verb

    overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

    synonyms:
    domesticise, domesticize, reclaim, tame

    tame

    make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
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    types:

    break, break in

    make submissive, obedient, or useful
    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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