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domesticate

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verb do·mes·ti·cate \də-ˈmes-ti-ˌkāt\

Definition of domesticate

domesticated

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domesticating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring into use in one's own country :  to bring into domestic use :  adopt started to domesticate European customs

  3. 2 :  to adapt (an animal or plant) to life in intimate association with and to the advantage of humans when humans first domesticated the dog

  4. 3 :  to cause to become adapted to life in a household :  to make fit for domestic life wasn't interested in becoming domesticated

  5. 4 :  to bring to the level of ordinary people

domestication

play \-ˌmes-ti-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of domesticate in a sentence

  1. Horses and oxen have been domesticated to work on farms.

  2. She jokes that dogs are easier to domesticate than men.

Origin and Etymology of domesticate

see 1domestic


First Known Use: circa 1639

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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domesticate

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noun do·mes·ti·cate \-kət, -ˌkāt\

Definition of domesticate

  1. :  a domesticated (see 1domesticate 2) animal or plant

Origin and Etymology of domesticate

see 1domestic


First Known Use: 1951

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


DOMESTICATE Defined for English Language Learners

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domesticate

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verb do·mes·ti·cate \də-ˈmes-ti-ˌkāt\

Definition of domesticate for English Language Learners

  • : 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.)


DOMESTICATE Defined for Kids

domesticate

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verb do·mes·ti·cate \də-ˈme-sti-ˌkāt\

Definition of domesticate for Students

domesticated

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domesticating

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



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