- 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 undomesticated
Undomesticated animals do not die of it; domesticated ones do.The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
Nature is usually taken to mean mountains, rivers, clouds and undomesticated animals and plants.The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
He shows us the cat as a diminutive but undomesticated tiger to whom we are nothing more than an overgrown and uneatable prey.Major Prophets of To-Day
Edwin E. Slosson
Another maxim was, to keep Jemima ignorant of her own capacity, lest she should set up for a genius, and be undomesticated.The Ladies' Vase
An American Lady
There are many features in the life of the Swallow so prominent, that no undomesticated bird is more thoroughly known.British Birds in their Haunts
Rev. C. A. Johns
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 undomesticated
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.