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Definition of domesticate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they domesticate
    he / she / it domesticates
    past simple domesticated
    -ing form domesticating
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  1. 1domesticate something to make a wild animal used to living with or working for humans
  2. 2domesticate something to grow plants or crops for human use synonym cultivate
  3. 3domesticate somebody (often humorous) to make someone good at cooking, caring for a house, etc.; to make someone enjoy home life Some men are very hard to domesticate.
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adjective domesticated animals They've become a lot more domesticated since they got married.
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noun [uncountable] the domestication of cattle
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