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Domesticate   /dəmˈɛstəkˌeɪt/   Listen

(past & past part. domesticated; pres. part. domesticating)
Adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment.  Synonyms: cultivate, naturalise, naturalize, tame.  "Tame the soil"
Overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable.  Synonyms: domesticise, domesticize, reclaim, tame.  "Reclaim falcons"
Make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans.  Synonym: tame.  "The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog"

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"Domesticate" Quotes from Famous Books

... should not go, To speak of her for whom I burn'd and sung, What, even were it true, 'twere wrong to show. That blessed saint my miserable state Might surely soothe, and ease my spirit's strife, Since she in heaven is now domesticate With Him who ever ruled her heart in life. Wherefore I am contented and consoled, Nor would again in life her form behold; Nay, I prefer to die, and live alone. Fairer than ever to my mental eye, I see ...
— The Sonnets, Triumphs, and Other Poems of Petrarch • Petrarch

Words linked to "Domesticate" :   plant, change, accommodate, plant life, animal, break, cultivate, alter, adapt, modify, creature, beast, brute, animate being, fauna, break in, flora

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