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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Examples from the Web for undomesticated

Historical Examples of undomesticated

  • Undomesticated animals do not die of it; domesticated ones do.

  • Nature is usually taken to mean mountains, rivers, clouds and undomesticated animals and plants.

  • He shows us the cat as a diminutive but undomesticated tiger to whom we are nothing more than an overgrown and uneatable prey.

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  • Another maxim was, to keep Jemima ignorant of her own capacity, lest she should set up for a genius, and be undomesticated.

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  • There are many features in the life of the Swallow so prominent, that no undomesticated bird is more thoroughly known.


British Dictionary definitions for undomesticated

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 undomesticated
adj.

1834, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of domesticate. Undomestic "not caring for home life" is recorded from 1754.

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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