tame


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tame \Tame\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tamed; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Taming.] [AS. tamian, temian, akin to D. tammen, temmen, G.
   z[aum]hmen, OHG. zemmen, Icel. temja, Goth. gatamjan. See
   Tame, a.]
   1. To reduce from a wild to a domestic state; to make gentle
      and familiar; to reclaim; to domesticate; as, to tame a
      wild beast.
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            They had not been tamed into submission, but baited
            into savegeness and stubbornness.     --Macaulay.
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   2. To subdue; to conquer; to repress; as, to tame the pride
      or passions of youth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tame \Tame\, v. t. [Cf. F. entamer to cut into, to broach.]
   To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to
   distribute; to deal out. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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         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. --Fuller.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tame \Tame\, a. [Compar. Tamer; superl. Tamest.] [AS. tam;
   akin to D. tam, G. zahm, OHG. zam, Dan. & Sw. tam, Icel.
   tamr, L. domare to tame, Gr. ?, Skr. dam to be tame, to tame,
   and perhaps to E. beteem. [root]61. Cf. Adamant, Diamond,
   Dame, Daunt, Indomitable.]
   1. Reduced from a state of native wildness and shyness;
      accustomed to man; domesticated; domestic; as, a tame
      deer, a tame bird.
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   2. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.
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            Tame slaves of the laborious plow.    --Roscommon.
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   3. Deficient in spirit or animation; spiritless; dull; flat;
      insipid; as, a tame poem; tame scenery.
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   Syn: Gentle; mild; meek. See Gentle.
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