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do·mes·ti·cate

 (də-mĕs′tĭ-kāt′)
tr.v. do·mes·ti·cat·ed, do·mes·ti·cat·ing, do·mes·ti·cates
1. To cause to feel comfortable at home; make domestic.
2. To adopt or make fit for domestic use or life.
3.
a. To train or adapt (an animal or plant) to live in a human environment and be of use to humans.
b. To introduce and accustom (an animal or plant) into another region; naturalize.
n. (-kət, -kāt′)
A plant or animal that has been adapted to live in a human environment.

do·mes′ti·ca′tion n.

domesticate

(dəˈmɛstɪˌkeɪt) or

domesticize

vb (tr)
1. (Agriculture) to bring or keep (wild animals or plants) under control or cultivation
2. to accustom to home life
3. (Environmental Science) to adapt to an environment: to domesticate foreign trees.
doˈmesticable adj
doˌmestiˈcation n
doˈmesticative adj
doˈmestiˌcator n

do•mes•ti•cate

(v. dəˈmɛs tɪˌkeɪt; n. -kɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to convert (animals, plants, etc.) to domestic uses.
2. to tame (an animal), esp. by generations of breeding, to live in close association with human beings as a pet or work animal or for food, usu. compromising its ability to live in the wild.
3. to adapt (a plant) so as to be cultivated by and beneficial to human beings.
4. to accustom to household life.
5. to take (something foreign, unfamiliar, etc.) for one's own use.
v.i.
6. to adjust to domestic life.
n.
7. something, as an animal, that has been domesticated.
[1635–45; < Medieval Latin domesticātus, past participle of domesticāre, v. derivative of Latin domesticus domestic]
do•mes`ti•ca′tion, n.

domesticate


Past participle: domesticated
Gerund: domesticating

Imperative
domesticate
domesticate
Present
I domesticate
you domesticate
he/she/it domesticates
we domesticate
you domesticate
they domesticate
Preterite
I domesticated
you domesticated
he/she/it domesticated
we domesticated
you domesticated
they domesticated
Present Continuous
I am domesticating
you are domesticating
he/she/it is domesticating
we are domesticating
you are domesticating
they are domesticating
Present Perfect
I have domesticated
you have domesticated
he/she/it has domesticated
we have domesticated
you have domesticated
they have domesticated
Past Continuous
I was domesticating
you were domesticating
he/she/it was domesticating
we were domesticating
you were domesticating
they were domesticating
Past Perfect
I had domesticated
you had domesticated
he/she/it had domesticated
we had domesticated
you had domesticated
they had domesticated
Future
I will domesticate
you will domesticate
he/she/it will domesticate
we will domesticate
you will domesticate
they will domesticate
Future Perfect
I will have domesticated
you will have domesticated
he/she/it will have domesticated
we will have domesticated
you will have domesticated
they will have domesticated
Future Continuous
I will be domesticating
you will be domesticating
he/she/it will be domesticating
we will be domesticating
you will be domesticating
they will be domesticating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been domesticating
you have been domesticating
he/she/it has been domesticating
we have been domesticating
you have been domesticating
they have been domesticating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been domesticating
you will have been domesticating
he/she/it will have been domesticating
we will have been domesticating
you will have been domesticating
they will have been domesticating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been domesticating
you had been domesticating
he/she/it had been domesticating
we had been domesticating
you had been domesticating
they had been domesticating
Conditional
I would domesticate
you would domesticate
he/she/it would domesticate
we would domesticate
you would domesticate
they would domesticate
Past Conditional
I would have domesticated
you would have domesticated
he/she/it would have domesticated
we would have domesticated
you would have domesticated
they would have domesticated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.domesticate - adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment; "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil"
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
adapt, accommodate - make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose; "Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"
2.domesticate - overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons"
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
break in, break - make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
domesticate, tame - make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans; "The horse was domesticated a long time ago"; "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"
3.domesticate - make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans; "The horse was domesticated a long time ago"; "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
adapt, accommodate - make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose; "Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"
domesticise, domesticize, domesticate, tame, reclaim - overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons"

domesticate

verb
1. tame, break, train, house-train, gentle We domesticated the dog.
2. naturalize, accustom, familiarize, habituate, acclimatize New World peoples domesticated a cornucopia of plants.

domesticate

verb
To train to live with and be of use to people:
Translations
udomačiti

domesticate

[dəˈmestɪkeɪt] VT [+ wild animal] → domesticar

domesticate

[dəˈmɛstɪkeɪt] vt (= tame) [+ animal] → domestiquer

domesticate

vt wild animaldomestizieren; (hum) persondomestizieren; (= house-train) dog, catstubenrein machen

domesticate

[dəˈmɛstɪˌkeɪt] vt (animal) → addomesticare
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How easily these old worships of Moses, of Zoroaster, of Menu, of Socrates, domesticate themselves in the mind.
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