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Definition of 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

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

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 is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
Henry David Thoreau

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

If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it.
Andrew Denton
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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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