WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
tame /teɪm/USA pronunciation   adj.,  tam•er, tam•est, v.,  tamed, tam•ing. 
  1. changed from the wild or savage state;
    gentle:a tame tiger.
  2. giving in easily, as to authority.
  3. lacking in excitement;
    dull:a pretty tame party.

v. [+ object]
  1. to make tame;
    domesticate:to tame wild animals for the circus.
  2. to deprive of interest or excitement;
    make dull.
  3. to harness or control:to tame the power of the atom.
tam•a•ble, tame•a•ble, adj. 
tame•ly, adv. 
tame•ness, n. [uncountable]
tam•er, n. [countable]: a lion tamer.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
tame (tām),USA pronunciation  adj.,  tam•er, tam•est, v.,  tamed, tam•ing. 

  1. changed from the wild or savage state;
    domesticated:a tame bear.
  2. without the savageness or fear of humans normal in wild animals;
    gentle, fearless, or without shyness, as if domesticated:That lion acts as tame as a house cat.
  3. tractable, docile, or submissive, as a person or the disposition.
  4. lacking in excitement;
    insipid:a very tame party.
  5. spiritless or pusillanimous.
  6. not to be taken very seriously;
    without real power or importance;
    serviceable but harmless:They kept a tame scientist around.
  7. brought into service;
    rendered useful and manageable;
    under control, as natural resources or a source of power.
  8. cultivated or improved by cultivation, as a plant or its fruit.

  1. to make tame;
    make tractable.
  2. to deprive of courage, ardor, or zest.
  3. to deprive of interest, excitement, or attractiveness;
    make dull.
  4. to soften;
    tone down.
  5. to harness or control;
    render useful, as a source of power.
  6. Agriculture, Botanyto cultivate, as land or plants.

  1. to become tame.
tamely, adv. 
tameness, n. 
tamer, n. 
  • bef. 900; (adjective, adjectival) Middle English; Old English tam; cognate with Dutch tam, German zahm, Old Norse tamr; (verb, verbal) Middle English tamen, derivative of the adjective, adjectival; replacing Middle English temen to tame, Old English temian, derivative of tam; cognate with Old Norse temja, Gothic gatamjan; akin to Latin domāre to tame
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged meek, subdued.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flat, empty, vapid, boring, tedious, uninteresting.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cowardly, dastardly.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged break, subdue.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calm, mollify.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wild.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tame /teɪm/ adj
  1. changed by man from a naturally wild state into a tractable, domesticated, or cultivated condition
  2. (of animals) not fearful of human contact
  3. lacking in spirit or initiative; meek or submissive
  4. flat, insipid, or uninspiring
vb (transitive)
  1. to make tame; domesticate
  2. to break the spirit of, subdue, or curb
  3. to tone down, soften, or mitigate
Etymology: Old English tam; related to Old Norse tamr, Old High German zam

ˈtamable, ˈtameable adj ˈtamely adv ˈtameness n ˈtamer n

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