I. transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Date: circa 1639 1. to bring into domestic use ; adopt 2. to adapt (an animal or plant) to life in intimate association with and to the advantage of humans 3. to make domestic ; fit for domestic life 4. to bring to the level of ordinary people • domestication noun II. noun Date: 1951 a domesticated animal or plant

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  • Domesticate — Do*mes ti*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Domesticated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Domesticating.}] [LL. domesticatus, p. p. of domesticare to reside in, to tame. See {Domestic}, a.] 1. To make domestic; to habituate to home life; as, to domesticate one s self …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • domesticate — index inure (accustom) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • domesticate — (v.) 1630s, of animals; 1741, of persons, to cause to be attached to home and family; from M.L. domesticatus, pp. of domesticare to tame, lit. to dwell in a house, from domesticus (see DOMESTIC (Cf. domestic)). Related: Domesticated;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • domesticate — [v] tame; habituate acclimatize, accustom, break, break in, breed, bring up, bust, corral, domiciliate, familiarize, gentle, herd, hitch, housetrain, naturalize, raise, reclaim, round up, subdue, teach, train, yoke; concepts 202,285 …   New thesaurus

  • domesticate — ► VERB 1) tame (an animal) and keep it as a pet or for farm produce. 2) cultivate (a plant) for food. DERIVATIVES domestication noun …   English terms dictionary

  • domesticate — [dō mes′ti kāt΄, dəmes′tə kāt΄] vt. domesticated, domesticating [< ML domesticatus, pp. of domesticare, to tame, live in a family < L domesticus < domus: see DOME] 1. to accustom to home life; make domestic 2. a) to tame (wild animals)… …   English World dictionary

  • domesticate — re·domesticate; un·domesticate; domesticate; …   English syllables

  • domesticate — UK [dəˈmestɪkeɪt] / US [dəˈmestɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms domesticate : present tense I/you/we/they domesticate he/she/it domesticates present participle domesticating past tense domesticated past participle domesticated to train an… …   English dictionary

  • domesticate — domesticable /deuh mes ti keuh beuhl/, adj. domestication, n. domesticative, adj. domesticator, n. /deuh mes ti kayt /, v., domesticated, domesticating. v.t. 1. to convert (animals, plants, etc.) to domestic uses; tame. 2. to tame (an animal),… …   Universalium

  • domesticate — [[t]dəme̱stɪkeɪt[/t]] domesticates, domesticating, domesticated VERB When people domesticate wild animals or plants, they bring them under control and use them to produce food or as pets. [V n] Presumably, we domesticated the dog to help us with… …   English dictionary

  • domesticate — prijaukinimas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Laukinių gyvūnų ar paukščių pripratinimas gyventi žmogaus namuose. atitikmenys: angl. domesticate vok. Bändigung, f; Zähmung, f rus. приручение, n …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

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