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 crowd reaction was also significantly tamer compared to four years ago, when Pilots had just broken into the mainstream and was cutting edge. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lollapalooza 2019: Lil Wayne and J. Balvin make history on day 3 — and Balvin brings out Wisin y Yandel," 4 Aug. 2019 The estrogen and progestin in these birth control methods can help regulate periods, manage pain from conditions like endometriosis, tame menstrual migraines in some people, and so much more. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Over-the-Counter Birth Control Really a Good Idea?," 2 Aug. 2019 Inflation may end up not being as tame as the Fed believes. Los Angeles Times, "Fed’s Powell risks inflation to push economic benefits for those at the bottom," 30 July 2019 There are challenging trails as well as tamer options for beginners and families. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "As the Royal Gorge turns 90, now is the time to visit Cañon City," 27 July 2019 Chiu — who was not involved with Tristan’s care — said there are several reasons why an ordinarily tame virus could kill a seemingly healthy child. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Death of 9-year-old Milpitas boy to common virus perplexes doctors," 14 July 2019 Back in the field, Ortega is scanning through his radio channels, hoping to find something more exciting than jazz or tame acoustic guitar music. Andrew Nicla, AZCentral.com, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 Normally, a physical playing style like his would seem an awkward fit for the tamer version of the game. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ricky Williams defies 'pothead' label to reinvent his cannabis-selling himself," 20 Mar. 2018 The Crossover takes a look at a 2020 that could be more tame. Damichael Cole, SI.com, "Ranking the 10 Best Players Available in 2020 NBA Free Agency," 16 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s a lyrical quality to Sanz’s work, lusty flavors tamed with careful technique to create something that feels almost seductive. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 The ruling addresses the way election districts are redrawn once every decade in most states – a system dominated by political self-interest that has grown more intense every time the Supreme Court declined to tame it. USA TODAY, "Supreme Court allows partisan election maps, gerrymandering in North Carolina, Maryland," 27 June 2019 But Johnson graphs can be handled fairly easily by other methods, so by showing that these graphs are the only obstacle to his painting scheme, Babai was able to tame them. Quanta Magazine, "Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse," 14 Dec. 2015 However, the majority have historically been captured from the wild and tamed for use by humans. National Geographic, "Asian Elephant," 7 July 2019 While the guy who almost didn’t even get into the tournament is leading the way, some of the biggest names in the field had the hardest time taming the course. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic: Round 1 'stress-free' for some but big names struggle," 27 June 2019 Who could forget when Rob Riggle tamed sharks with Shaq for the show's 30th anniversary?! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Shark Week 2019 Premieres Next Month: Here's Everything You Need to Know," 15 June 2019 Because Shaft — as played by Jackson and also by ’70s original Richard Roundtree, who makes a late appearance in the film — is simply too cool of a bad boy to be tamed by the 21st century. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Kenya Barris tries to move 'Shaft' to the 21st century, but Samuel L. Jackson isn't having it," 12 June 2019 By squeezing more speed out of less propellant, ion propulsion goes a long way toward taming the rocket equation. Corey S. Powell, Discover Magazine, "These New Technologies Could Make Interstellar Travel Real," 13 Mar. 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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