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1domesticate

verb do·mes·ti·cate \də-ˈmes-ti-ˌkāt\

: to breed or train (an animal) to need and accept the care of human beings : to tame (an animal)

: to grow (a plant) for human use

: to train (someone) to behave in an appropriate way at home (such as by using good manners, being polite, being helpful, etc.)

do·mes·ti·cat·eddo·mes·ti·cat·ing

Full Definition of DOMESTICATE

transitive verb
1
:  to bring into domestic use :  adopt
2
:  to adapt (an animal or plant) to life in intimate association with and to the advantage of humans
3
:  to make domestic :  fit for domestic life
4
:  to bring to the level of ordinary people
do·mes·ti·ca·tion \-ˌmes-ti-ˈkā-shən\ noun
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Examples of DOMESTICATE

  1. Horses and oxen have been domesticated to work on farms.
  2. She jokes that dogs are easier to domesticate than men.

First Known Use of DOMESTICATE

circa 1639

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

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2domesticate

noun do·mes·ti·cate \-kət, -ˌkāt\

Definition of DOMESTICATE

:  a domesticated animal or plant

First Known Use of DOMESTICATE

1951

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall
DOMESTICATE Defined for Kids

domesticate

verb do·mes·ti·cate \də-ˈme-sti-ˌkāt\
do·mes·ti·cat·eddo·mes·ti·cat·ing

Definition of DOMESTICATE for Kids

:  to bring under the control of and make usable by humans <Humans domesticated dogs thousands of years ago.>

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