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DOMESTICATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does domesticate mean? 

DOMESTICATE (verb)
  The verb DOMESTICATE has 3 senses:

1. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
2. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
3. make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans

  Familiarity information: DOMESTICATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOMESTICATE (verb)


Sense 1domesticate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

domesticate; tame; cultivate; naturalise; naturalize

Context examples:

domesticate oats / tame the soil

Hypernyms (to "domesticate" is one way to...):

accommodate; adapt (make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose)

Domain category:

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2domesticate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

domesticise; domesticize; domesticate; tame; reclaim

Context examples:

He tames lions for the circus / reclaim falcons

Hypernyms (to "domesticate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Domain category:

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "domesticate"):

break; break in (make submissive, obedient, or useful)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3domesticate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

domesticate; tame

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "domesticate" is one way to...):

accommodate; adapt (make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose)

Domain category:

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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