Domesticating a plant or animal is the process of training them to live in a particular environment and to behave in a specific way.

  • The goal of the project was to domesticate the animals so that they would no longer be a danger to the villagers.

  • The goal of the project was to domesticate the plant so that it would produce more food.

Definition of domesticate


overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable


domesticise, domesticize, reclaim, tame


make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans




adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment


cultivate, naturalise, naturalize, tame

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Example Sentences for domesticate

  • 1

    The cow is domesticated.

  • 2

    It is the ancestor of the domestic goat.

  • 3

    The ferret is a domestic mammal.

  • 4

    The silkworm is completely domesticated.

  • 5

    The disease is prominent in the domesticated hedgehog.

  • 6

    The dog was the only domesticated animal.

  • 7

    The domestic area is closed to the public.

  • 8

    The players play in the domestic league.

  • 9

    There was a financial crisis in the domestic market.

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    All the animals in the petting zoo are domesticated.