- 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 of domesticate; from Medieval Latin domesticatus, past participle of domesticare, to tame, live in a family ; from Classical Latin domesticus ; from domus: see dome
transitive verbdo·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.
(third-person singular simple present domesticates, present participle domesticating, simple past and past participle domesticated)
- To make domestic.
- To make fit for domestic life.
- To adapt to live with humans.
- The Russian claims to have successfully domesticated foxes.
- (intransitive) To adapt to live with humans.
- Dogs have clearly domesticated more than cats.
- To make a legal instrument recognized and enforceable in a jurisdiction foreign to the one in which the instrument was originally issued or created.
domestic + -ate