Pronunciation Adjective

tame (comparative tamer, superlative tamest)

  1. Not or no longer wild; domesticated
    Antonyms: wild
    They have a tame wildcat.
  2. (chiefly, of animals) Mild and well-behaved; accustomed to human contact
    Synonyms: gentle
    The lion was quite tame.
  3. Not exciting.
    Synonyms: dull, flat, insipid, unexciting
    Antonyms: exciting
    This party is too tame for me.
    For a thriller, that film was really tame.
  4. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.
    • tame slaves of the laborious plough
  5. (mathematics, of a knot) Capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
    Antonyms: wild
Translations Verb

tame (tames, present participle taming; past and past participle tamed)

  1. (transitive) To make (an animal) tame; to domesticate.
    He tamed the wild horse.
  2. (intransitive) To become tame or domesticated.
    • 2006, Gayle Soucek, Doves (page 78)
      Tambourines are shy birds and do not tame easily.
  3. (transitive) To make gentle or meek.
    to tame a rebellion
Translations Translations
  • German: zahm werden
  • Italian: addomesticato, essere domato
  • Portuguese: ser domado, domar
  • Russian: прируча́ться

tame (tames, present participle taming; past and past participle tamed)

  1. (obsolete, UK, dialect) To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out.
    • In the time of famine he is the Joseph of the country, and keeps the poor from starving. Then he tameth his stacks of corn, which not his covetousness, but providence, hath reserved for time of need.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A river in Central England, tributary to the Trent.
  3. A river in Greater Manchester, England, which joins the River Goyt at Stockport, then becoming the River Mersey.

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