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tame

adjective \ ˈtām \

Definition of tame

tamer; tamest
1 :reduced from a state of native wildness especially so as to be tractable and useful to humans :domesticated
  • tame animals
2 :made docile and submissive :subdued
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.

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Origin and Etymology of tame

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

tame Synonyms

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tame

verb

Definition of tame

tamed; taming
transitive verb
1 a :to reduce from a wild to a domestic state
b :to subject to cultivation
c :to bring under control :harness
2 :to deprive of spirit :humble, subdue
  • the once revolutionary … party, long since tamed
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)
3 :to tone down :soften
  • tamed the language in the play
intransitive verb
: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.

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First Known Use of tame

13th century

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TAME Defined for English Language Learners

tame

adjective

Definition of tame for English Language Learners

  • : not wild : trained to obey people

  • : not afraid of people

  • : not exciting or interesting


tame

verb

Definition of tame for English Language Learners

  • : to make (an animal) tame

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


TAME Defined for Kids

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tame

adjective \ ˈtām \

Definition of tame for Students

tamer; tamest
1 :changed from the wild state so as to become useful and obedient to people :domestic
  • a tame elephant
2 :not afraid of people
  • The chipmunks at the park are very tame.
3 :not interesting :dull
  • a tame movie

tamely

adverb

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tame

verb

Definition of tame for Students

tamed; taming
:to make or become gentle or obedient
  • They tamed the lion.

tamer

noun


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