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[duh-mes-ti-keyt] /dəˈmɛs tɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), domesticated, domesticating.
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.
verb (used without object), domesticated, domesticating.
to be domestic.
Origin of domesticate
1635-45; < Medieval Latin domesticātus (past participle of domesticāre), equivalent to domestic- domestic + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[duh-mes-ti-kuh-buh l] /dəˈmɛs tɪ kə bəl/ (Show IPA),
domestication, noun
domesticative, adjective
domesticator, noun
nondomesticated, adjective
nondomesticating, adjective
overdomesticate, verb (used with object), overdomesticated, overdomesticating.
undomesticable, adjective
undomesticated, adjective
well-domesticated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for domesticated
  • Instead, they domesticated themselves and chose their own mates without human interference.
  • Of course, how domesticated animals ought to be treated should, must and is being widely debated.
  • Before they became domesticated crops, wild bananas were inedible fruit stuffed with stony seeds.
  • The animals are currently domesticated enough to serve as house pets.
  • Thus bottle gourds are one of the oldest domesticated species.
  • We hear plenty about species going extinct, but much less about particular breeds of animals, especially those we've domesticated.
  • It is the product of random mutation followed by selective breeding-as, indeed, are all domesticated creatures.
  • And such knowledge might help solve the long-disputed question of exactly why dogs were the first animal to be domesticated.
  • Remember that people used to believe they could clean their floors without domesticated cyclones.
  • The region also produced the first domesticated sheep, goats, pigs and cattle.
British Dictionary definitions for domesticated


verb (transitive)
to bring or keep (wild animals or plants) under control or cultivation
to accustom to home life
to adapt to an environment: to domesticate foreign trees
Derived Forms
domesticable, adjective
domestication, noun
domesticative, adjective
domesticator, noun
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Word Origin and History for domesticated



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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