domesticate

[ duh-mes-ti-keyt ]
/ dəˈmɛs tɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), do·mes·ti·cat·ed, do·mes·ti·cat·ing.

verb (used without object), do·mes·ti·cat·ed, do·mes·ti·cat·ing.

to be domestic.

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Origin of domesticate

1635–45; <Medieval Latin domesticātus (past participle of domesticāre), equivalent to domestic-domestic + -ātus-ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for domesticate

domesticate

sometimes US domesticize (dəˈmɛstɪˌsaɪz)

/ (dəˈmɛstɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of domesticate

domesticable, adjectivedomestication, noundomesticative, adjectivedomesticator, noun
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