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 An offseason that looked fairly tame in August took a couple wild turns with teams taking serious chances, investing in experience, with some growing and others slimming down. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar report cards: Insider grades all 10 teams' off-seasons," 11 Apr. 2021 And while many boars have become almost tame in their behavior around humans, eating food from residents’ hands, some are still highly aggressive, particularly when with their young. New York Times, "Where Boars Hog the Streets," 9 Apr. 2021 For something more tame, make a beeline for Retro Boat Rentals in Saugatuck, Michigan. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Cool ways to get out on the water this spring: Bioluminescent kayak tours in Florida, fliteboarding in Hawaii," 29 Mar. 2021 Ebony Northern said heavy rain started pouring around midnight and a normally tame creek running through her Nashville apartment complex swiftly rose. BostonGlobe.com, "Record rains cause flash flooding in Tennessee; 4 dead," 28 Mar. 2021 Ebony Northern said heavy rain started pouring around midnight and a normally tame creek running through her Nashville apartment complex swiftly rose. Time, "Flash Flooding in Tennessee Leaves 4 Dead After Record Rains," 28 Mar. 2021 People from all over the country are moving to Houston, Texas in droves, and many transplants to the area are quick to admit our tame winters were an important part of their decision. Landon Pemper, Chron, "The best outdoor projectors and screens to create your own outdoor movie night in Houston," 15 Mar. 2021 Plus, President Biden is a comparatively tame story. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Newsmax's post-election ratings bonanza is over. What now?," 11 Mar. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Adding ginger or lemon juice can help tame the earthiness. Katy Severson, chicagotribune.com, "How to make beet juice," 17 Apr. 2021 In 2009, the Jane Hotel, another property by the same development team, attracted so many celebrity partyers that local residents formed a neighborhood coalition and hired a publicist to tame the situation. New York Times, "How a Legendary New York Hotel Became a Battleground," 16 Apr. 2021 Historical fiction is often beset with a knowingness, a smug hindsight that the best writing of actual historians, who don’t seek to tame their material into emblematic stories, manages to avoid. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, "In Thomas Grattan’s Début Novel, Historical Fiction Gets Personal," 12 Apr. 2021 As white supremacists and armed rioters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, McCarthy was reportedly on a tense phone call with Trump, begging him to forcefully tame his supporters, according to Washington Republican Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler. BostonGlobe.com, "‘An incredibly difficult balancing act:’ Will Kevin McCarthy lead the fractious House Republicans to the majority?," 3 Apr. 2021 But while the insulin cohort seems to tame its targets, the pheromone-makers rile theirs up; both behaviors seem to bring hunter and huntee into close contact. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Cone Snails Are Liars and Murderers," 12 Mar. 2021 The compound also blocked the production of immune molecules that cells build using RNA bases, hinting that PTC299 might help tame the immune overreaction seen in severe COVID-19. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Researchers race to develop antiviral weapons to fight the pandemic coronavirus," 11 Mar. 2021 But Monday’s announcement signaled that the Treasury Department will continue to support the program at least in the short term, while instituting relatively minor changes designed to tame its excesses. Washington Post, "Biden tweaks PPP rules in attempt to reach smallest companies," 16 Feb. 2021 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

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Tame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tame. Accessed 9 May. 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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