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domesticate

verb do·mes·ti·cate \ də-ˈme-sti-ˌkāt \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of domesticate

domesticated; domesticating
1 : to bring into use in one's own country : to bring into domestic use : adopt
  • started to domesticate European customs
2 : to adapt (an animal or plant) over time from a wild or natural state especially by selective breeding to life in close association with and to the benefit of humans
  • The Asian equids, including the now-endangered Przewalski's horse, apparently provided the stock from which the horse was domesticated five to six thousand years ago.
  • —Bruce J. MacFadden
  • But every reader addicted to coffee can thank ancient Ethiopian farmers for domesticating the coffee plant.
  • —Jared Diamond
3 : to cause to become adapted to life in a household : to make fit for domestic life
  • wasn't interested in becoming domesticated
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.

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Origin and Etymology of domesticate

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domesticate

noun do·mes·ti·cate \ -kət , -ˌkāt \

Definition of domesticate

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

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DOMESTICATE Defined for English Language Learners

domesticate

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

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

Definition of domesticate for Students

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


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