Tame meaning

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To tame is defined as to make wild and frightening people, animals or things calm and gentle.

An example of to tame is to make a wild animal friendly around humans.

An example of to tame is to brush unruly hair.

verb
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Naturally unafraid; not timid.
adjective
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Submissive; docile; fawning.

Tame obedience.

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Insipid; flat.

A tame birthday party.

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Brought from wildness into a domesticated or tractable state.
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Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.
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Sluggish; languid; inactive.

A tame river.

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To make tame; domesticate.

Tame a wild horse.

verb
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Changed from a wild to a domesticated state: said as of animals trained for use by humans or as pets.
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Like a domesticated animal in nature; gentle and easy to control; docile.
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Cultivated.
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To make tame, or domestic.
verb
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To overcome the wildness or fierceness of; make gentle, docile, obedient, or spiritless; subdue.
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To make less intense; soften; dull.
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To become tame.
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Not or no longer wild; domesticated.

They have a tame wildcat.

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(chiefly of animals) Mild and well-behaved; accustomed to human contact.

The lion was quite tame.

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This party is too tame for me.

For a thriller, that film was really tame.

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(mathematics, of a knot) Capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
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To make something tame.

He tamed the wild horse.

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(intransitive) To become tame.
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(obsolete, UK, dialect) To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out.
verb
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To subdue or curb.

Tamed his explosive anger.

verb
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Crushed by or as by domestication; submissive; servile.
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Without spirit or force; dull.

A tame boxing match.

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The definition of tame is something that is gentle, timid, or no longer wild and savage.

An example of tame used as an adjective is the phrase a tame bear which means a bear that has been trained to be friendly around humans.

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To change from an uncontrolled or disorderly to a controlled state.

Needed some gel to tame his hair.

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Origin of tame

  • Middle English from Old English tam demə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare French entamer (“to cut into, to broach").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English tam

    From Wiktionary