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

But the wind was uncommonly tame, the main reason 31 players finished below par. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Pebble Beach more than holds its own in latest spin as U.S. Open host," 17 June 2019 But visitors to this scrubby, uninhabited islet six miles south of Mallorca weren’t always so tame: Previous denizens have included Berber pirates, French prisoners of war, Spanish soldiers, and misbehaving monks. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spain’s Secret Islands," 14 Feb. 2018 Hollywood Westerns built from the assumption that the savagery of the frontier ramped up dramatic possibilities, but The Wild Bunch implicitly castigated all previous Westerns as far too tame. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Wild Bunch and American Disillusionment," 20 June 2019 Centrists don’t just need to build a traditional party infrastructure, with MPs, local offices and dutiful but tame members. The Economist, "The centre cannot hold - the failure of Change UK and the atrophying of political thought," 19 June 2019 Not this time, with unexpectedly soft greens and generous hole locations (plus tame wind) giving the field a chance to post low scores. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Tiger Woods grinds his way around Pebble Beach, shoots 70 in U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 Valerie Gauvin had a tame effort collected by Ingrid Hjelmseth after an inch-perfect cross from Diani; while moments later Eugenie Le Sommer nearly got her head on a right wing delivery as France dominated. SI.com, "Women's World Cup Recap: France Grab the Headlines With Win Over Norway & Germany Beat Spain," 12 June 2019 The commander had a surprisingly tame request: Resume your jobs immediately. Rukmini Callimachi, BostonGlobe.com, "How the Islamic State managed to govern," 5 Apr. 2018 Jason Garrett is known for his robotic and bland answers during news conferences and his usually tame demeanor on the sidelines. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "New documentary shows profane side of Cowboys coach Jason Garrett | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With inflation finally tamed, gold’s moment was over. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 Only Carmel was able to tame Sandy Pines, shooting a 291. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, "Mike Hutton's five takeaways from the 2019 boys golf season after this week's state meet," 13 June 2019 But even someone as gifted as Gaines can't tame the mightiest beast of all: a wiggly baby. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Joanna Gaines shows you how easy it is to get a baby to pose for a photo. Spoiler: It's not.," 11 June 2019 From the yuan and bitcoin to banking and housing, taming potential threats is the new priority. Bloomberg.com, "Xi Jinping’s Debt Clampdown Has Left a Trail of Dead Projects," 15 Jan. 2018 Political support for taming deficits has melted away, with Republicans accepting bigger deficits in exchange for tax cuts and Democrats making big spending promises around 2020 election campaigns. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, "How Washington Learned to Love Debt and Deficits," 13 June 2019 Paul Volcker is known for taming high inflation in the 1980s. Jim Puzzanghera, latimes.com, "Yellen's legacy as Fed chief: Full employment but unfinished business," 25 Jan. 2018 So if break-ups belong to the past, how can society tame Big Tech? The Economist, "Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead," 6 June 2019 The Best Kombucha Brands Kombucha’s sweet-tart taste can turn some people off — the fermentation gives it a slightly vinegary taste — but different flavors can tame the tang. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Health Benefits of Kombucha, According to Registered Dietitians," 6 June 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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