tame

If something is tame, it cannot surprise or injure you. It’s predictable. Tame can be used as an adjective or verb. A circus lion is tame (adjective) because it’s been tamed (verb). A “lion-tamer” beat the wildness out of it.

Sometimes tame isn’t fun — and not just for the bears who ride bicycles under the Big Top. Tame isn’t appealing when you’re going on a rollercoaster or seeing a fireworks display. If a friend tells you a concert is tame, will you rush out for tickets? Tame, however, is not all bad. Some people take anger management courses to learn to “tame their tempers.” Others work to “tame their tongues” after hurting another person with a careless comment.

Definitions of tame
  1. adjective
    brought from wildness into a domesticated state
    tame animals”
    “fields of tame blueberries”
    synonyms: tamed
    broken, broken in
    tamed or trained to obey
    cultivated
    no longer in the natural state; developed by human care and for human use
    docile, gentle
    easily handled or managed
    domestic, domesticated
    converted or adapted to domestic use
    tamed
    brought from wildness
    manipulable, tractable
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
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    Antonyms:
    untamed, wild
    in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated
    feral, ferine, savage
    wild and menacing
    semi-wild
    partially wild
    unbroken
    not subdued or trained for service or use
    undomesticated
    not domesticated
    intractable
    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
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  2. adjective
    very docile
    tame obedience”
    synonyms: meek
    docile
    willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
  3. adjective
    flat and uninspiring
    Synonyms:
    unexciting
    not exciting
  4. adjective
    very restrained or quiet
    “a tame Christmas party”
    “she was one of the tamest and most abject creatures imaginable with no will or power to act but as directed”
    Synonyms:
    quiet
    characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity
    subdued
    quieted and brought under control
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    Antonyms:
    wild
    marked by extreme lack of restraint or control
    unquiet
    characterized by unrest or disorder
    chaotic, disorderly
    completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing
    delirious, excited, frantic, mad, unrestrained
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
    frenzied, manic
    affected with or marked by frenzy or mania uncontrolled by reason
    unsubdued
    not brought under control
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  5. verb
    overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
    “He tames lions for the circus”
    synonyms: domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, reclaim
    domesticate
    make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
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    break, break in
    make submissive, obedient, or useful
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    correct by punishment or discipline
    synonyms: chasten, subdue
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  7. verb
    make less strong or intense; soften
    “The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements”
    synonyms: moderate, tone down
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  8. verb
    adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
    tame the soil”
    synonyms: cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, naturalize
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    type of:
    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  9. verb
    make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
    “The wolf was tamed and evolved into the house dog”
    synonyms: domesticate
    domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, reclaim
    overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable
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    type of:
    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
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