from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause to feel comfortable at home; make domestic.
  • transitive verb To adopt or make fit for domestic use or life.
  • transitive verb To train or adapt (an animal or plant) to live in a human environment and be of use to humans.
  • transitive verb To introduce and accustom (an animal or plant) into another region; naturalize.
  • noun A plant or animal that has been adapted to live in a human environment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make domestic; accustom to remain much at home: as, to domesticate one's self.
  • To make an inmate of a household; associate in family life; hence, to make intimate or cause to become familiar, as if at home.
  • To convert to domestic uses, as wild animals or plants; tame or bring under control or cultivation; reclaim from a state of nature.
  • To live much at home; lead a quiet home life; become a member of a family circle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make domestic; to habituate to home life.
  • transitive verb To cause to be, as it were, of one's family or country.
  • transitive verb To tame or reclaim from a wild state

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make domestic.
  • verb transitive To make fit for domestic life.
  • verb transitive To adapt to live with humans.
  • verb intransitive To adapt to live with humans.
  • verb transitive To make a legal instrument recognized and enforceable in a jurisdiction foreign to the one in which the instrument was originally issued or created.
  • noun An animal or plant that has been domesticated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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