domesticate

[duh-mes-ti-keyt]
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verb (used with object), do·mes·ti·cat·ed, do·mes·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to convert (animals, plants, etc.) to domestic uses; tame.
  2. 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.
  3. to adapt (a plant) so as to be cultivated by and beneficial to human beings.
  4. to accustom to household life or affairs.
  5. to take (something foreign, unfamiliar, etc.) for one's own use or purposes; adopt.
  6. to make more ordinary, familiar, acceptable, or the like: to domesticate radical ideas.
verb (used without object), do·mes·ti·cat·ed, do·mes·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to be domestic.

Origin of domesticate

1635–45; < Medieval Latin domesticātus (past participle of domesticāre), equivalent to domestic- domestic + -ātus -ate1
Related formsdo·mes·ti·ca·ble [duh-mes-ti-kuh-buh l] /dəˈmɛs tɪ kə bəl/, adjectivedo·mes·ti·ca·tion, noundo·mes·ti·ca·tive, adjectivedo·mes·ti·ca·tor, nounnon·do·mes·ti·cat·ed, adjectivenon·do·mes·ti·cat·ing, adjectiveo·ver·do·mes·ti·cate, verb (used with object), o·ver·do·mes·ti·cat·ed, o·ver·do·mes·ti·cat·ing.un·do·mes·ti·ca·ble, adjectiveun·do·mes·ti·cat·ed, adjectivewell-do·mes·ti·cat·ed, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of domesticate

  • As Sandra Bullock has found out, any attempt to domesticate them will end in a resounding failure.

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    Sean Macaulay

    April 7, 2010

  • By marginalizing certain political tendencies, the European approach makes it harder to domesticate them.

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Historical Examples of domesticate


British Dictionary definitions for domesticate

domesticate

sometimes US domesticize (dəˈmɛstɪˌsaɪz)

verb (tr)
  1. to bring or keep (wild animals or plants) under control or cultivation
  2. to accustom to home life
  3. to adapt to an environmentto domesticate foreign trees
Derived Formsdomesticable, adjectivedomestication, noundomesticative, adjectivedomesticator, noun
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Word Origin and History for domesticate
v.

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.

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