tame

adjective
\ ˈtām How to pronounce tame (audio) \
tamer; tamest

Definition of tame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tame

verb
tamed; taming

Definition of tame (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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 tamedThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
3 : to tone down : soften tamed the language in the play

intransitive verb

: to become tame

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Other Words from tame

Adjective

tamely adverb
tameness noun

Verb

tamable or tameable \ ˈtā-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce tameable (audio) \ adjective
tamer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for tame

Synonyms: Adjective

domestic, domesticated, tamed

Synonyms: Verb

bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule

Antonyms: Adjective

feral, savage, undomesticated, untamed, wild

Antonyms: Verb

lose

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Examples of tame in a Sentence

Adjective

The island's birds are quite tame. They ran a pretty tame campaign. Some people were shocked by the movie, but I found the story pretty tame. Members of the audience were too tame to interrupt the speaker.

Verb

It took a while to tame the horse. the people who tamed the Wild West He struggled to tame his temper. The government needs to do something to tame inflation.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Inflation remains tame, a dilemma for the Federal Reserve, but a positive development for Americans looking to shop. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "U.S. Retail Sales Increased in May," 14 June 2019 Though forecasters are calling for a relatively tame storm compared with Maria, Puerto Rican officials are preparing for all scenarios. Amy Gordon, Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Dorian moving toward a fragile Puerto Rico," 28 Aug. 2019 At first, the teams remained separated and relatively tame. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Benches clear as Dodgers’ frustrations mount after extra-innings loss," 10 Aug. 2019 Wednesday night's crowd stands in contrast to Tuesday's relatively tame audience, many of whom left early. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "'Fire Pantaleo' chant interrupts Cory Booker opening remarks at presidential debate," 1 Aug. 2019 From the seas of Antarctica to the depths of your freezer, most ice on Earth is relatively tame stuff. National Geographic, "Bizarre form of hot ice seen on Earth," 8 May 2019 In her tamer moments, Neilson wrote children’s books. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Annabelle Neilson, Fashion Muse and Ladies of London Star, Is Dead at 49," 16 July 2018 The first half was incredibly tame, with a youthful Arsenal side struggling to create any chances. SI.com, "Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Gunners Kick Off Season With Away Win," 11 Aug. 2019 By similar standards, British people see Americans as nice but tame, and a little fake. Lou Stoppard, The New Yorker, "The Glorious Depravity of the British “Love Island”," 10 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the play’s themes can be construed as sexist or misogynistic, students in the cast and crew are exploring precisely who is taming whom by examining the play with their modern lens. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Clements Theatre explores who is actually being tamed in Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’," 16 Sep. 2019 Indeed, what could have been a predictable yawn of a true story about a gifted performer that couldn’t tame her own demons instead feels fresh and intimate. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "A Star is Re-Born! Renee Zellweger Shines as Judy Garland in 'Judy' Biopic," 31 Aug. 2019 Stories abounded of saints who tamed bears with the power of God. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores mankind’s fascination with bears, from Stone Age to 'Winnie the Pooh’," 31 Aug. 2019 Not until last week’s four-game losing streak, in which the Yankees scored nine runs while getting swept in a three-game series at Oakland, were these savage beasts tamed. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Yankees mirror Dodgers in offensive approach, swag and T-shirt-worthy nicknames," 24 Aug. 2019 And then there’s the small experiment, launched this week, dedicated to taming the wildest place in the District: the curb. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Hand-Crafted Bentleys, a Climate Bill, and More Car News This Week," 4 Aug. 2019 Instead of taming back-to-school jitters, though, the parents of students who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are working strategically to prevent another school shooting. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Parkland parents deliver message to Congress: 'We know the next school mass murderer is already out there'," 25 July 2019 Catherine the Great, of German descent, swore to drive the Turks from Europe, tame China and open trade with India. The Economist, "But their new partnership makes China a lot more equal than Russia," 25 July 2019 The lightweight, texture-enhancing spray will protect your cut from heat damage and help tame the summer frizz. Maya Mcdowell, Marie Claire, "The Buzziest Beauty Microtrends of Summer 2019," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of tame

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for tame

Adjective

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

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tame

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not wild : trained to obey people
: not afraid of people
: not exciting or interesting

tame

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tame (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (an animal) tame
: to make (something) less wild or difficult to control : to bring (something) under control

tame

adjective
\ ˈtām How to pronounce tame (audio) \
tamer; tamest

Kids Definition of tame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from tame

tamely adverb

tame

verb
tamed; taming

Kids Definition of tame (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from tame

tamer noun

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