1. correct by punishment or discipline;
[syn: tame, chasten, subdue]
2. make less strong or intense; soften;
- Example: "Tone down that aggressive letter"
- Example: "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
[syn: tone down, moderate, tame]
3. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment;
- Example: "domesticate oats"
- Example: "tame the soil"
[syn: domesticate, cultivate, naturalize, naturalise, tame]
4. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable;
- Example: "He tames lions for the circus"
- Example: "reclaim falcons"
[syn: domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim, tame]
5. make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans;
- Example: "The horse was domesticated a long time ago"
- Example: "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"
[syn: domesticate, tame]
1. flat and uninspiring;
2. very restrained or quiet;
- Example: "a tame Christmas party"
- Example: "she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed"
3. brought from wildness into a domesticated state;
- Example: "tame animals"
- Example: "fields of tame blueberries"
[syn: tame, tamed]
4. very docile;
- Example: "tame obedience"
- Example: "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes
[syn: meek, tame]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tame \Tame\, v. t. [Cf. F. entamer to cut into, to broach.] To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] In the time of famine he is the Joseph of the country, and keeps the poor from starving. Then he tameth his stacks of corn, which not his covetousness, but providence, hath reserved for time of need. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tame \Tame\, a. [Compar. Tamer; superl. Tamest.] [AS. tam; akin to D. tam, G. zahm, OHG. zam, Dan. & Sw. tam, Icel. tamr, L. domare to tame, Gr. ?, Skr. dam to be tame, to tame, and perhaps to E. beteem. [root]61. Cf. Adamant, Diamond, Dame, Daunt, Indomitable.] 1. Reduced from a state of native wildness and shyness; accustomed to man; domesticated; domestic; as, a tame deer, a tame bird. [1913 Webster] 2. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless. [1913 Webster] Tame slaves of the laborious plow. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster] 3. Deficient in spirit or animation; spiritless; dull; flat; insipid; as, a tame poem; tame scenery. [1913 Webster] Syn: Gentle; mild; meek. See Gentle. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tame \Tame\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tamed; p. pr. & vb. n. Taming.] [AS. tamian, temian, akin to D. tammen, temmen, G. z[aum]hmen, OHG. zemmen, Icel. temja, Goth. gatamjan. See Tame, a.] 1. To reduce from a wild to a domestic state; to make gentle and familiar; to reclaim; to domesticate; as, to tame a wild beast. [1913 Webster] They had not been tamed into submission, but baited into savegeness and stubbornness. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To subdue; to conquer; to repress; as, to tame the pride or passions of youth. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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