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 Three Creeks Confluence Park was created in the Glendale neighborhood after unearthing Red Butte, Emigration and Parleys creeks, which had previously been channeled underground to tame nature and facilitate urban development in Utah’s capital. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 July 2021 The paper, published in June 2014, signaled the Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s determination to tame political defiance in the former British colony, which had kept its own laws and freedoms. New York Times, 28 June 2021 Yet the officials foresee price increases remaining tame in the following two years. Time, 17 June 2021 Beijing’s vast buying power over metals doesn’t necessarily guarantee its ability to tame global prices. Yifan Wang, WSJ, 16 June 2021 This Instagram post is pretty tame, compared to another selfie series the pop star posted earlier this year in March. Health.com, 15 June 2021 The 10-year yield looks like it’s in a pretty tame area, staying below 1.6% on Wednesday. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Supporters say even small efforts to tame bureaucracy go nowhere. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2021 What’s funny is how tame the first film now feels in comparison to where the series would go, telling a relatively simple story about a cop going undercover in a group of drag racers. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 2 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If the synthetic part of my braids starts to get a bit out of hand, a couple spritzes from this braid spray is enough to tame it. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 14 July 2021 Stagflation was a serious challenge to the Keynesian economic consensus, forcing the Federal Reserve to drive interest rates close to 20 percent to finally tame inflation and inviting a wave of business deregulation. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Given the current crisis, however, even leading industry officials are urging Modi to tame the virus, no matter the economic cost. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 3 May 2021 But in order to fully tame the virus, basic precautions remain crucial. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 6 Apr. 2021 There’s a remarkably powerful tool to tame all this complexity, while still respecting decentralized technology. Vince Padua, Forbes, 24 June 2021 China still can't quite figure out how to tame the global commodities boom. Steven Jiang And Jessie Yeung, CNN, 31 May 2021 Over-the-counter cortisone cream can help tame the rash a bit as well, says Dr. Hopper. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 14 May 2021 India is a key vaccine supplier for dozens of developing countries but has almost entirely halted its exports in order to tame its own coronavirus crisis. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 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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25 Jul 2021

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“Tame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tame. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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