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Definition of domesticate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    domesticate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dəˈmestɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈmestɪkeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they domesticate
    BrE BrE//dəˈmestɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈmestɪkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it domesticates
    BrE BrE//dəˈmestɪkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈmestɪkeɪts//
     
    past simple domesticated
    BrE BrE//dəˈmestɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈmestɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle domesticated
    BrE BrE//dəˈmestɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈmestɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form domesticating
    BrE BrE//dəˈmestɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈmestɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    Pets
     
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  1. 1domesticate something to make a wild animal used to living with or working for humans See related entries: Pets
  2. 2domesticate something to grow plants or crops for human use, especially for the first time
  3. 3domesticate somebody (often humorous) to make somebody good at cooking, caring for a house, etc.; to make somebody enjoy home life Some men are very hard to domesticate.
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin domesticat- ‘domesticated’, from the verb domesticare, from Latin domesticus ‘belonging to the house’, from domus ‘house’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: domesticate