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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The central bank is mounting an aggressive effort to tame inflation without substantially slowing the labor market and the broader economy, a feat some economists say may be difficult to accomplish. Amara Omeokwe, WSJ, 22 May 2022 Hell, Black even makes her childhood seem tame compared to what kids go through today. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2022 Fed officials are making money more expensive to borrow and spend in a bid to slow shopping and business investment, hoping that weaker demand will help to tame prices, which are now climbing at the fastest pace in four decades. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The president has struggled to tame both gasoline prices and broader inflation, which is at 40-year highs as the global economy adjusts from pandemic disruptions. Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg.com, 31 Mar. 2022 The Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world are expected to cut rates to tame surging prices. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced the U.S. government would release 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s strategic oil reserves to try and tame rising gas prices. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2021 India’s move is part of a coordinated attempt by the world’s top oil consumers to tame prices. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 23 Nov. 2021 While these photos may seem tame by Western standards, they are considered scandalous in conservative societies like Saudi Arabia and were seemingly used to publicly shame these women and smear their reputations. NBC News, 1 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Of course, the archetypal Western philosopher, Socrates, lived before there was an academy to tame him. Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 The rally in commodity prices this year—from oil to soybeans and oats—has helped stoke fears about inflation and skepticism about how the Fed can tame it without pushing the economy into a recession. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Officials are trying to tame an inflation rate that's at a 40 year high. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 The Fed launched a high-risk effort last month to tame the worst inflation since the early 1980s, raising its benchmark short-term interest rate and signaling up to six additional rate hikes this year. Matt Ott, ajc, 7 Apr. 2022 The Fed launched a high-risk effort last month to tame the worst inflation since the early 1980s, raising its benchmark short-term interest rate and signaling up to six additional rate hikes this year. CBS News, 7 Apr. 2022 The Federal Reserve launched a high-risk effort two weeks ago in an effort to tame the worst inflation since the early 1980s, raising its benchmark short-term interest rate and signaling up to six additional rate hikes this year. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 The central bank is trying to tame inflation by lifting interest rates in a bid to make money more expensive to borrow, which can slow spending and cool off economic conditions. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Beyond trying to tame her taxes, Cristobal says her other big financial obstacle is saving for the future. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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26 May 2022

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“Tame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tame. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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