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Definition of 'domesticate'

Verb

  1. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"
       Synonyms: cultivate naturalize naturalise tame
  2. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons"
       Synonyms: domesticize domesticise reclaim tame
  3. make 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"
       Synonyms: tame


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