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Definition of 'tame'


  1. correct by punishment or discipline
       Synonyms: chasten subdue
  2. make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
       Synonyms: tone down moderate
  3. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"
       Synonyms: domesticate cultivate naturalize naturalise
  4. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons"
       Synonyms: domesticate domesticize domesticise reclaim
  5. 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: domesticate


  1. flat and uninspiring
  2. 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"
       Antonyms: wild
  3. brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries"
       Synonyms: tamed
       Antonyms: wild untamed
  4. very docile; "tame obedience"; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes
       Synonyms: meek

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