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Definition of Tame

Tame

  1. To broach or enter upon; to taste, as a liquor; to divide; to distribute; to deal out.
  2. Reduced from a state of native wildness and shyness; accustomed to man; domesticated; domestic; as, a tame deer, a tame bird.
  3. Crushed; subdued; depressed; spiritless.
  4. Deficient in spirit or animation; spiritless; dull; flat; insipid; as, a tame poem; tame scenery.
  5. To reduce from a wild to a domestic state; to make gentle and familiar; to reclaim; to domesticate; as, to tame a wild beast.
  6. To subdue; to conquer; to repress; as, to tame the pride or passions of youth.

Tame Quotations

Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed.
Aristotle

You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you.
Isadora Duncan

There is a lust in man no charm can tame: Of loudly publishing his neighbor's shame: On eagles wings immortal scandals fly, while virtuous actions are born and die.
William Harvey

People speak of the fear of the blank canvas as though it is a temporary hesitation, a trembling moment of self-doubt. For me it was more like being abducted from my bed by a clown, thrust into a circus arena with a wicker chair, and told to tame a pissed-off lion in front of an expectant crowd.
Hannah Kent

It does surprise me that intelligent people in the 21st century could claim that if you respond to the terrorists with force, you spawn terrorism, but if you appease them, you somehow tame them. This argument, as I said, is very interesting, and very surprising.
Meles Zenawi
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Tame Translations

tame in Dutch is temmen, dresseren, africhten
tame in Finnish is koulia
tame in French is dresser
tame in Spanish is domado, domar, domesticado, manso
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