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 Looking to lower gas prices and tame growing concerns about inflation, the Biden administration has urged the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia — a group known as OPEC+ — to increase crude oil production. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 Conversely, if a normally tame and friendly animal becomes hostile or aggressive without provocation, it too should be considered rabid. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, 30 Sep. 2021 The saga provided is a somewhat tame or tepid instance. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 June 2021 To achieve sleek texture, Palau coated lengths in Bumble and bumble hairspray before flat-ironing it one section at a time, and then used a flexible hair wax to tame fly-aways. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 24 Sep. 2021 The floods hit Turkey’s northern coast just as hundreds of rescue workers were trying to tame wildfires racing across the country's southern Mediterranean coast. Fox News, 17 Aug. 2021 While a handful of the offerings each year play on the edge of grotesque, most — even those inspired by this year’s haunted houses — are tame. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Sep. 2021 For Windows 10, the PC hardware requirements necessary to run it are relatively tame: a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM (2GB for a 64-bit version of the OS), 16GB of storage, and a display capable of 800x600. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 24 June 2021 On Thursday and Friday, winds are expected to be relatively tame, staying in the 6-12 miles per hour range on Thursday and 7-14 on Friday. Scott Bell, Dallas News, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Prospects for an additional tool to tame the pandemic helped lift shares of airlines, hotels and companies hurt by restrictions on travel and other activities. Elaine Kurtenbach, ajc, 4 Oct. 2021 To try to tame the surge, Israel has turned to booster shots, starting on 30 July with people 60 and older and, last Friday, expanding to people 50 and older. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, 16 Aug. 2021 One by one, governments across Europe are reintroducing strict new measures to tame a resurgent pandemic after concluding that light-touch strategies aimed at containing Covid-19 have failed to keep infections in check. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2020 The same number of shots would do much more to tame the pandemic if they were distributed as first and second doses around the world, the Post article showed. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 17 Aug. 2021 The Tolo News interview was part of a broader campaign by the Taliban since taking power to present a more moderate face to the world and to help tame the fear gripping the country. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2021 On Monday, the flames raced across northern Evia, threatening yet more villages even as 600 firefighters struggled to tame the inferno, aided by emergency teams from Ukraine, Romania and Serbia, 5 helicopters and 5 water-dropping planes. Fox News, 10 Aug. 2021 On Monday, the flames raced across northern Evia, threatening yet more villages even as 600 firefighters struggled to tame the inferno, aided by emergency teams from Ukraine, Romania and Serbia, 5 helicopters and 5 water-dropping planes. Time, 10 Aug. 2021 On Monday, the flames raced across northern Evia, threatening yet more villages even as 600 firefighters struggled to tame the inferno, aided by emergency teams from Ukraine, Romania and Serbia, 5 helicopters and 5 water-dropping planes. Elena Becatoros, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Aug. 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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“Tame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tame. Accessed 28 Oct. 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 : dull

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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