- 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 domesticated
The fact is, those are very tame and domesticated versions of a full-on inquiry into origins.Liam Neeson Loves Horses and Nietzsche
April 16, 2014
Cats were domesticated roughly ten thousand years before cat videos.Why We Should Read World History
December 25, 2013
We sink into the domesticated blandness of our interchangeable, modern-era selves.Duck! Reality TV Returns Us to the Dark Age of Tribal Warfare
December 21, 2013
They projected sexual charisma, to be sure, but it was a charisma that was tamed and domesticated for their youngest female fans.What Made the Beatles So Big? Diagnosing ‘Beatlemania’
October 31, 2013
He compared the sizes of domesticated animals everywhere he went.Orwell’s Lies: His Diaries Reveal Problems with the Truth
August 19, 2012
All animals, insects and birds have been domesticated and are fed by their keepers.
They cannot be, or at all events they never are, domesticated, and most of them are not beautiful.The Soul of a People
The domesticated nativeʼs character is a succession of surprises.The Philippine Islands
They are, as a rule, domesticated individuals, with a pretty turn for mixing a salad.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
The tame rabbit has been domesticated from an ancient period.
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 domesticated
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.