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.

Nearby words

  1. domestic prelate,
  2. domestic science,
  3. domestic system,
  4. domestic violence,
  5. domestic-relations court,
  6. domesticated,
  7. domestication,
  8. domesticity,
  9. domestique,
  10. domett

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 domesticated

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 Formsdomesticable, adjectivedomestication, noundomesticative, adjectivedomesticator, noun

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Word Origin and History for domesticated

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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