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Definition 1: correct by punishment or discipline - [verb of change]

Synonyms for tame in the sense of this definition

(tame is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 2: adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment - [verb of change]

Samples where tame or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • domesticate oats
  • tame the soil

Synonyms for tame in the sense of this definition

(tame is a kind of ...) make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

"Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"

(tame belongs to category ...) (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion

Definition 3: make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans - [verb of change]

Samples where tame or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The horse was domesticated a long time ago
  • The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog

Synonyms for tame in the sense of this definition

(tame is a kind of ...) make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

"Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"

(tame has a similar meaning as ...) overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

"He tames lions for the circus" "reclaim falcons"

(tame belongs to category ...) a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

Definition 4: overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable - [verb of change]

Samples where tame or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He tames lions for the circus
  • reclaim falcons

Synonyms for tame in the sense of this definition

(tame is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of tame ) make submissive, obedient, or useful

"The horse was tough to break" "I broke in the new intern"

(tame has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(tame belongs to category ...) a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

Definition 5: make less strong or intense; soften - [verb of communication]

Samples where tame or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Tone down that aggressive letter
  • The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements

Synonyms for tame in the sense of this definition

(tame is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 6: brought from wildness into a domesticated state - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where tame or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tame animals
  • fields of tame blueberries

Synonyms for tame in the sense of this definition

(tame is similar to ...) tamed or trained to obey

"a horse broken to the saddle" "this old nag is well broken in"

(tame is similar to ...) no longer in the natural state; developed by human care and for human use

"cultivated roses" "cultivated blackberries"

(tame is similar to ...) easily handled or managed

"a gentle old horse, docile and obedient"

(tame is similar to ...) converted or adapted to domestic use

"domestic animals" "domesticated plants like maize"

(tame is similar to ...) brought from wildness

"the once inhospitable landscape is now tamed"

(means also ...) easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)

"tractable young minds" "the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"

(... are attributes of tame) the attribute of having been domesticated

Definition 7: very restrained or quiet - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where tame or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(tame is similar to ...) quieted and brought under control

"children were subdued and silent"

(means also ...) characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity

"a quiet life" "a quiet throng of onlookers" "quiet peace-loving people" "the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years"

Definition 8: very docile - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where tame or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tame obedience
  • meek as a mouse

Synonyms for tame in the sense of this definition

(tame is similar to ...) willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed

"the docile masses of an enslaved nation"

Definition 9: flat and uninspiring - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(tame is similar to ...) not exciting

"an unexciting novel" "lived an unexciting life"

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