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 tame (audio) \ adjective
tamer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for tame

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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 It’s looking sunny, with tame northeasterly breezes mainly under 10 mph. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Final showers exit quick this morning, then another sunny stretch gets underway," 19 Mar. 2021 Here, beauty exists in perfect balance, neither too tame nor too savage. Joshua Levine, Travel + Leisure, "Enjoy Pub Life, Sculpture Parks, and Classic Estates on a Scenic Trip Through Yorkshire, England," 7 Mar. 2021 Other titles do, however, and some games flaunt locales that make even the wildest real-world destinations seem positively tame in comparison. Shelly Tan, Washington Post, "Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games," 25 Feb. 2021 And Bitcoin has a history of volatility that makes GameStop’s recent ride look tame. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Bitcoin’s market cap tops $1 trillion," 19 Feb. 2021 The irony is that the rebellion now marches under the seemingly tame mantle of pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Countercultural Sound of the 2020s," 14 Feb. 2021 Now the Saudis have announced a fantasy that makes all their previous efforts look tame. New York Times, "The Dark Reality Behind Saudi Arabia’s Utopian Dreams," 28 Jan. 2021 The new trend began with relatively tame signet rings, then graduated to something in the neighborhood of a high school class ring. Los Angeles Times, "Beneath the bling: Lakers championship rings feature many special surprises," 15 Jan. 2021 Core prices, which exclude volatile food and energy components, will likely remain tame while the economy is still dealing with fallout from Covid-19. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Economy Week Ahead: Inflation, ECB, Jobless Claims," 7 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Argan oil is a high-fat oil that can tame frizz and treat split ends, especially for those with wavy or curly hair. Sydney Poe, chicagotribune.com, "The best cheap shampoo," 23 Mar. 2021 Inside those cubicles, hundreds of thousands of Michiganders will get COVID-19 vaccines over the next eight weeks in a massive effort to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible to tame the coronavirus pandemic. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Ford Field begins vaccine clinic transformation: What it's like inside," 18 Mar. 2021 As General Manager and CEO of Clackamas River Water, Lee guided a cultural shift to reorganize the agency and tame its overreaching board of directors. The Skanner, oregonlive, "Longtime public official Lee Moore Sr., former chairman of Home Forward board, dies," 6 Mar. 2021 Researchers and doctors say the vaccines offer the best chance to tame a global pandemic that in the past year has killed more than 511,000 Americans, including more than 5,400 in Arkansas, according to federal and state health agencies. Lisa Hammersly, Arkansas Online, "Rollout of shots in state at a snail's pace in places," 28 Feb. 2021 Regulators will soon decide whether the tradeoffs are worth it as the U.S. tries to tame the pandemic that’s already killed more than 500,000 Americans. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Double duty for day-care workers," 24 Feb. 2021 Many economists expect China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, to tame the pace of new credit issuance rather than raise key interest rates, which would risk attracting speculative money inflows that can fuel dangerous asset bubbles. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "China Becomes First Major Economy to Start Withdrawing Pandemic Stimulus Efforts," 14 Mar. 2021 Thankfully, though, if stubborn variants do circulate, new vaccines should be able to tame them relatively quickly. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Next Four Seasons of Pandemic Life," 22 Feb. 2021 Chinese authorities have already taken several measures to tame the currency’s rise. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "China Lets Yuan Rise Steadily, Pressuring Exporters," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of tame was before the 12th century

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8 Apr 2021

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“Tame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tame. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for tame

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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