Do·mes·ti·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Domesticated; p. pr. & vb. n. Domesticating.]
1. To make domestic; to habituate to home life; as, to domesticate one's self.
2. To cause to be, as it were, of one's family or country; as, to domesticate a foreign custom or word.
3. To tame or reclaim from a wild state; as, to domesticate wild animals; to domesticate a plant.
v 1: adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment;
"domesticate oats"; "tame the soil" [syn: cultivate, naturalize,
2: overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He
tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons" [syn: domesticize,
domesticise, reclaim, tame]
3: make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to
humans; "The horse was domesticated a long time ago"; "The
wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog" [syn: tame]