(adjective, verb)


1. flat and uninspiring

Similar word(s): unexciting

2. very restrained or quiet

- a tame Christmas party

- she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed

Similar word(s): quiet, subdued

3. brought from wildness into a domesticated state

- tame animals

- fields of tame blueberries

Similar word(s): broken, cultivated, docile, gentle, domestic, domesticated, tamed, manipulable, tractable, tamed

4. very docile

- tame obedience

Similar word(s): docile, meek

Sentences with tame as an adjective:

- They have a tame wildcat.

- The lion was quite tame.


1. correct by punishment or discipline

Similar word(s): chasten, subdue

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

2. make less strong or intense; soften

- The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements

Similar word(s): moderate

Definition categories: communication, alter, change, modify

3. adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment

- tame the soil

Similar word(s): cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, naturalize

Definition categories: change, accommodate, adapt

4. overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

- He tames lions for the circus

Similar word(s): domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, reclaim

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

5. make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans

- The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog

Similar word(s): domesticate

Definition categories: change, accommodate, adapt

Sentences with tame as a verb:

- He tamed the wild horse.