domesticate

[ US /dəˈmɛstəˌkeɪt/ ]
VERB
  1. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
    tame the soil
    domesticate oats
  2. make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
    The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog
    The horse was domesticated a long time ago
  3. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
    He tames lions for the circus
    reclaim falcons
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How To Use domesticate In A Sentence

  • As for the problem…one wonders if the africanized honeybee is having similar problems or if it is limited to the “domesticated” variety. Bees still alive and buzzing | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.
  • The other group migrated into South America, where it survives today as wild guanacos and vicunas and domesticated llamas and alpacas.
  • In theory, this could be a smart strategic move but it is likely to "domesticate" Julian Assange; running such an NGO would require too many boring meetings with potential funders many of whom have already been alienated by the organisation and a nine-to-five office routine - the exact opposite of the glamorous nomadic lifestyle that the founder of WikiLeaks has become famous for. The Guardian World News
  • To deepen his predicament, because he is single, his advisers and confidants are generally undomesticated guys just like him. Where Have The Good Men Gone?
  • Some ethnobotanists and anthropologists are convinced that root and tuber crops were among the first plants to be domesticated.
  • Domesticated grain contains less crude protein than its wild counterpart, and a higher percentage of carbohydrate.
  • Behold the domesticated guinea pig (Cavia aperea f. porcellus ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science
  • Domesticated donkeys can be bred at any time of year, wild asses generally breed in the wet season.
  • IT is well understood that genetic change provides the basis for adaptation processes in natural and domesticated populations.
  • These animals are only partly domesticated.
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