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tame

[teym] /teɪm/
adjective, tamer, tamest.
1.
changed from the wild or savage state; domesticated:
a tame bear.
2.
without the savageness or fear of humans normal in wild animals; gentle, fearless, or without shyness, as if domesticated:
That lion acts as tame as a house cat.
3.
tractable, docile, or submissive, as a person or the disposition.
4.
lacking in excitement; dull; insipid:
a very tame party.
5.
spiritless or pusillanimous.
6.
not to be taken very seriously; without real power or importance; serviceable but harmless:
They kept a tame scientist around.
7.
brought into service; rendered useful and manageable; under control, as natural resources or a source of power.
8.
cultivated or improved by cultivation, as a plant or its fruit.
verb (used with object), tamed, taming.
9.
to make tame; domesticate; make tractable.
10.
to deprive of courage, ardor, or zest.
11.
to deprive of interest, excitement, or attractiveness; make dull.
12.
to soften; tone down.
13.
to harness or control; render useful, as a source of power.
14.
to cultivate, as land or plants.
verb (used without object), tamed, taming.
15.
to become tame.
Origin
900
before 900; (adj.) Middle English; Old English tam; cognate with Dutch tam, German zahm, Old Norse tamr; (v.) Middle English tamen, derivative of the adj.; replacing Middle English temen to tame, Old English temian, derivative of tam; cognate with Old Norse temja, Gothic gatamjan; akin to Latin domāre to tame
Related forms
tamely, adverb
tameness, noun
tamer, noun
overtame, adjective
overtamely, adverb
overtameness, noun
untame, adjective
untamely, adverb
untameness, noun
untamed, adjective
well-tamed, adjective
Synonyms
3. meek, subdued. 4. flat, empty, vapid, boring, tedious, uninteresting. 5. cowardly, dastardly. 9. break, subdue. 12. calm, mollify.
Antonyms
1. wild.
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Examples for taming
  • taming the wild things, however, is more fun than it used to be.
  • It may manifest itself in his follow-through, which in a sense represents a taming of the mean-streak.
  • It seems inevitable that human cloning, if made medically safe, will undergo similar taming and adaptation to human wants.
  • Before this time, nature itself had been seen as somehow dangerous and evil, in need of taming and civilizing.
  • It was succeeding left wing governments who wound up taming the debts and deficits.
  • The taming procedure can be so distressing to the animals that some cut off their own air supply by stepping on their trunks.
  • Researchers have hypothesized that taming the symptoms might boost survival odds during an influenza outbreak.
  • Central bankers are acclaimed for their part in taming inflation.
  • And some wildlife reserves that lure the animals with food for a better view end up taming the beasts.
  • We took our wrong turn, it seems, with the taming of fire.
British Dictionary definitions for taming

tame

/teɪm/
adjective
1.
changed by man from a naturally wild state into a tractable, domesticated, or cultivated condition
2.
(of animals) not fearful of human contact
3.
lacking in spirit or initiative; meek or submissive a tame personality
4.
flat, insipid, or uninspiring a tame ending to a book
5.
slow-moving a tame current
verb (transitive)
6.
to make tame; domesticate
7.
to break the spirit of, subdue, or curb
8.
to tone down, soften, or mitigate
Derived Forms
tamable, tameable, adjective
tamability, tameability, tamableness, tameableness, noun
tameless, adjective
tamely, adverb
tameness, noun
tamer, noun
Word Origin
Old English tam; related to Old Norse tamr, Old High German zam
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Word Origin and History for taming

tame

adj.

Old English tom, tam "domesticated, docile," from Proto-Germanic *tamaz (cf. Old Norse tamr, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tam, Old High German zam, German zahm "tame," Gothic tamjan "to tame"), from PIE *deme- "to constrain, to force, to break (horses)" (cf. Sanskrit damayati "tames;" Persian dam "a tame animal;" Greek daman "to tame, subdue," dmetos "tame;" Latin domare "to tame, subdue;" Old Irish damnaim "I tie up, fasten, I tame, subdue"). Possible ulterior connection with PIE *dem- "house, household" (see domestic). Meaning "spiritless, weak, dull" is recorded from c.1600.

v.

early Middle English teme, from Old English temian "make tame" (see tame (adj.)); form altered 14c. by influence of the adjective. Related: Tamed; taming.

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