- 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
Related Wordsnaturalize, accustom, familiarize, raise, subdue, breed, acclimatize, bust, hitch, break, gentle, train, yoke, corral, teach, herd, reclaim, domiciliate
Examples from the Web for domesticate
As Sandra Bullock has found out, any attempt to domesticate them will end in a resounding failure.Enough with the Overalls!
April 7, 2010
By marginalizing certain political tendencies, the European approach makes it harder to domesticate them.How Glenn Beck Saves Lives
June 19, 2009
I now require this of all pictures, that they domesticate me, not that they dazzle me.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
From time to time we acclimatize and domesticate some foreign and wild species.Evolution, Old & New
Returning to Rome or Baiae, you must domesticate and tame them.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
We often tried to domesticate it in our garden, but the plants invariably died.Home Life on an Ostrich Farm
It is tailless and very fierce and difficult to domesticate.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXXIII, 1519-1522
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 domesticate
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.