- to convert (animals, plants, etc.) to domestic uses; tame.
- to tame (an animal), especially by generations of breeding, to live in close association with human beings as a pet or work animal and usually creating a dependency so that the animal loses its ability to live in the wild.
- to adapt (a plant) so as to be cultivated by and beneficial to human beings.
- to accustom to household life or affairs.
- to take (something foreign, unfamiliar, etc.) for one's own use or purposes; adopt.
- to make more ordinary, familiar, acceptable, or the like: to domesticate radical ideas.
- to be domestic.
Origin of domesticate
Examples from the Web for domestication
What I see happening, with writers like Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer, is the domestication of the vampire.Anne Rice on Sparkly Vampires, ‘Twilight,’ ‘True Blood,’ and Werewolves
November 23, 2011
Its chief defect for domestication is the small size of the fruit.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
This, in fact, is the great bar to the domestication of animals.On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
The adaptation of the unicorns proceeded in the following years, but not their domestication.Space Prison
It may be said that domestication might produce them in the latter.Anecdotes of Dogs
This was one of the results of his domestication in Washington Square.Washington Square
sometimes US domesticize (dəˈmɛstɪˌsaɪz)
- to bring or keep (wild animals or plants) under control or cultivation
- to accustom to home life
- to adapt to an environmentto domesticate foreign trees
Word Origin and History for domestication
1630s, of animals; 1741, of persons, "to cause to be attached to home and family;" from Medieval Latin domesticatus, past participle of domesticare "to tame," literally "to dwell in a house," from domesticus (see domestic). Related: Domesticated; domesticating.