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3 definitions found
 for domesticate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Domesticate \Do*mes"ti*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Domesticated; p. pr. & vb. n. Domesticating.] [LL.
     domesticatus, p. p. of domesticare to reside in, to tame. See
     Domestic, a.]
     1. To make domestic; to habituate to home life; as, to
        domesticate one's self.
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     2. To cause to be, as it were, of one's family or country;
        as, to domesticate a foreign custom or word.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To tame or reclaim from a wild state; as, to domesticate
        wild animals; to domesticate a plant.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  domesticate
      v 1: adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment;
           "domesticate oats"; "tame the soil" [syn: domesticate,
           cultivate, naturalize, naturalise, tame]
      2: overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable; "He
         tames lions for the circus"; "reclaim falcons" [syn:
         domesticate, 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:
         domesticate, tame]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "domesticate":
     acclimate, acclimatize, accommodate, accustom, adapt, adjust,
     anchor, billet at, bivouac, break, break in, break to harness,
     burrow, bust, camp, case harden, colonize, come to anchor,
     condition, confirm, domesticize, domiciliate, drop anchor,
     ensconce, establish, establish residence, familiarize, fix, gentle,
     habituate, harden, hive, housebreak, inhabit, inure, keep house,
     live at, locate, master, moor, move, naturalize, nest, orient,
     orientate, park, people, perch, populate, relocate, reside, roost,
     season, set up housekeeping, set up shop, settle, settle down,
     sit down, squat, stand, stay at, strike root, subdue,
     take residence at, take root, take up residence, tame, train,
     wont
  
  

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