1. [ verb ] make (animals) fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
Synonyms: tame

"The horse was domesticated a long time ago" "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"

Related terms: adapt animal
2. [ verb ] adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
Synonyms: naturalize naturalise tame cultivate

"domesticate oats" "tame the soil"

Related terms: adapt plant naturalization naturalisation
3. [ verb ] overcome the wildness of (an animal); make docile and tractable
Synonyms: domesticise reclaim tame domesticize

"He tames lions for the circus"

Related terms: change tame break_in animal
Similar spelling:   domesticated