adjective, tam·er, tam·est.
verb (used with object), tamed, tam·ing.
verb (used without object), tamed, tam·ing.
Origin of tame
Examples from the Web for tamed
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’|John McMillian|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
You can draw a fairly straight line from Helms to Karl Rove, who tamed and adapted the approach for a national audience.
A new book tells the story of John Randel Jr., who tamed Manhattan with its famous grid.The Manhattan Project: The Legacy of John Randel Jr.|Kevin Canfield|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Luckily, says Hounsou, the direction society is moving makes this the perfect time for that Wild West to be tamed.The Power of Documentary: Danny Glover, Djimon Hounsou, and ‘Budrus’ Director Julia Bacha|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Then, too, leaders can be flattered, rewarded, ego-gratified and tamed.
And was thatthat the reason why you tamed my mustang that day, so that he wouldnt be killed?Justin Wingate, Ranchman|John H. Whitson
This bird is common in the South of Europe and the whole of the Levant, and when it is tamed acquires considerable value.Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier
He fought by the side of our Harold when he tamed Griffith, the wildcat of Wales.
Of this enormous bird we have the following account: A young one, about five feet high, was taken and tamed at Sierra Leone.Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom|Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Young foxes can be tamed to a certain extent, and do not then emit the well-known odour to any great degree unless excited.
Word Origin for tame
Old English tom, tam "domesticated, docile," from Proto-Germanic *tamaz (cf. Old Norse tamr, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tam, Old High German zam, German zahm "tame," Gothic tamjan "to tame"), from PIE *deme- "to constrain, to force, to break (horses)" (cf. Sanskrit damayati "tames;" Persian dam "a tame animal;" Greek daman "to tame, subdue," dmetos "tame;" Latin domare "to tame, subdue;" Old Irish damnaim "I tie up, fasten, I tame, subdue"). Possible ulterior connection with PIE *dem- "house, household" (see domestic). Meaning "spiritless, weak, dull" is recorded from c.1600.
early Middle English teme, from Old English temian "make tame" (see tame (adj.)); form altered 14c. by influence of the adjective. Related: Tamed; taming.