domesticate domesticate  /də ˈmɛ stə ˌkeɪt/


  1. (v) adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
  2. (v) overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
  3. (v) make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans


  1. No matter how many high school English teachers try to domesticate The Catcher in the Rye in class, it will never lose its satirical edge.
  2. Among other experimental projects, Solowey is trying to domesticate the costus root, an herb that grows wild in the Himalayas and is nearly extinct.
  3. I did master the principles of how to domesticate a man.


  • Paxville man raises butterflies to soothe souls

    Historically, man has learned to raise, cultivate and domesticate many of Earth's creatures. If a list were to be made, it would be apparent there's no limit to the kinds of creatures raised for profit or as a hobby.
    on July 8, 2013     Source: Erie Times-News


  1. "We fully support this effort, which is to domesticate the WHO- initiated Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Nigeria became a Party to this Convention in October, 2005, and this bill fully conforms to the provisions of the international...
    on Jul 24, 2009 By: Wole Soyinka Source: NEXT

  2. "I think all comedy is about insecurity," Apatow says. "Guys tend to be guys and they need somebody to put a leash on them. That's what changes a lot of men. It takes a woman to domesticate them. That's a dynamic that happens in life. I am...
    on Aug 28, 2009 By: Judd Apatow Source: Irish Times

  3. "Many of the important treaties will have to go to Parliament without approval especially those that need us to domesticate them. However there are those that will not need to go through that process and will be adopted by Cabinet," said Mr Wako.
    on Apr 29, 2010 By: Amos Wako Source: Capital FM

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