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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

... have lived by the sea-shore and by the mountains.—No, I am not going to say which is best. The one where your place is is the best for you. But this difference there is: you can domesticate mountains, but the sea is ferae naturae. You may have a hut, or know the owner of one, on the mountain-side; you see a light half- way up its ascent in the evening, and you know there is a home, and you might share it. You have noted ...
— The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table • Oliver Wendell Holmes

... peregrinations in search of subscribers that he met with Charles Lloyd. This young man, the son of an eminent Birmingham banker, was so struck with Coleridge's genius and eloquence as to conceive an "ardent desire to domesticate himself permanently with a man whose conversation was to him as a revelation from heaven;" and shortly after the decease of the Watchman he obtained his parents' consent ...
— English Men of Letters: Coleridge • H. D. Traill

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

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