AskDefine | Define tame

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tame adj
1 flat and uninspiring
2 very restrained or quiet; "a tame Christmas party"; "she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed" [ant: wild]
3 brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries" [syn: tamed] [ant: wild]
4 very docile; "tame obedience"; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes [syn: meek]


1 correct by punishment or discipline [syn: chasten, subdue]
2 make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements" [syn: tone down, moderate]
3 adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil" [syn: domesticate, cultivate, naturalize, naturalise]
4 overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons" [syn: domesticate, domesticize, domesticise, reclaim]
5 make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans; "The horse was domesticated a long time ago"; "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog" [syn: domesticate]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. not wild; domestic, mild, well-behaved
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 222b.
      Is there really such a thing as hunting tame animals?




  1. to make something tame
  2. to become tame


to make something tame
to become tame


Related terms

Extensive Definition

Tame may refer to:
tame in German: Tame
tame in Spanish: Tame

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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