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tame

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adjective \ˈtām\

Simple Definition of tame

  • : not wild : trained to obey people

  • : not afraid of people

  • : not exciting or interesting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tame

tamer

tamest

  1. 1 :  reduced from a state of native wildness especially so as to be tractable and useful to humans :  domesticated <tame animals>

  2. 2 :  made docile and submissive :  subdued

  3. 3 :  lacking spirit, zest, interest, or the capacity to excite :  insipid <a tame campaign>

tamely

adverb

tameness

noun

Examples of tame in a sentence

  1. The island's birds are quite tame.

  2. They ran a pretty tame campaign.

  3. Some people were shocked by the movie, but I found the story pretty tame.

  4. Members of the audience were too tame to interrupt the speaker.



Origin and Etymology of tame

Middle English, from Old English tam; akin to Old High German zam tame, Latin domare to tame, Greek damnanai


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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tame

verb

Simple Definition of tame

  • : to make (an animal) tame

  • : to make (something) less wild or difficult to control : to bring (something) under control

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tame

tamed

taming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to reduce from a wild to a domestic stateb :  to subject to cultivationc :  to bring under control :  harness

  3. 2 :  to deprive of spirit :  humble, subdue <the once revolutionary…party, long since tamedTimes Literary Supplement>

  4. 3 :  to tone down :  soften <tamed the language in the play>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become tame

tamable

or

tameable

play \ˈtā-mə-bəl\ adjective

tamer

noun

Examples of tame in a sentence

  1. It took a while to tame the horse.

  2. the people who tamed the Wild West

  3. He struggled to tame his temper.

  4. The government needs to do something to tame inflation.



13th Century

First Known Use of tame

13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with tame


TAME Defined for Kids

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tame

play
adjective \ˈtām\

Definition of tame for Students

tamer

tamest

  1. 1 :  changed from the wild state so as to become useful and obedient to people :  domestic <a tame elephant>

  2. 2 :  not afraid of people <The chipmunks at the park are very tame.>

  3. 3 :  not interesting :  dull <a tame movie>

tamely

adverb



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tame

play
verb

Definition of tame for Students

tamed

taming

  1. :  to make or become gentle or obedient <They tamed the lion.>

tamer

noun




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