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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 domestication
  • Let's not forget that animal domestication has not been only about profit.
  • Through the domestication of plants and animals intelligence has remade the living environment.
  • Multicolored birds were developed over centuries of near domestication.
  • And the experiment raised some interesting questions about domestication.
  • domestication is a process that occurs over many generations of animals.
  • Even the power over nature that domestication supposedly represents is overstated.
  • The high mortalities also point to selection and domestication at work.
  • Agriculture, the domestication of animals and plants, must be seen in the context of this progressive change.
  • Evidence of plant domestication is debated, but wild grains were cultivated.
  • One of the consequences of domestication is a decrease in stress across the board.
British Dictionary definitions for domestication


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 domestication

1774; see domestic + -ation.



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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