domesticate[dō mes′ti kāt′, də-]
domesticate definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb domesticated, domesticating
- to accustom to home life; make domestic
- to tame (wild animals) and breed for human use
- to adapt and cultivate (wild plants) for human use
- to introduce (foreign animals or plants) into another region or country; naturalize
- to bring (a foreign custom, word, etc.) into a region or country and make it acceptable
Origin: ; from Midieval Latin domesticatus, past participle of domesticare, to tame, live in a family ; from Classical Latin domesticus ; from domus: see dome
Archaic to become domestic
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- domestication noun
domesticate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb do·mes·ti·cat·ed, do·mes·ti·cat·ing, do·mes·ti·cates
- To cause to feel comfortable at home; make domestic.
- To adopt or make fit for domestic use or life.
- a. To train or adapt (an animal or plant) to live in a human environment and be of use to humans.b. To introduce and accustom (an animal or plant) into another region; naturalize.
- To bring down to the level of the ordinary person.
A plant or animal that has been adapted to live in a human environment.
- do·mesˌti·caˈtion noun