Meaning of TAME in English


I. tame 1 /teɪm/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: tam ]

1 . a tame animal or bird is not wild any longer, because it has been trained to live with people OPP wild :

tame elephants

2 . informal dull and disappointing:

Most of the criticism has been pretty tame.

I decided that teaching was too tame for me.

3 . [only before noun] British English used to describe a person who is willing to do what other people ask, even if it is slightly dishonest:

If you have a tame doctor, he might give you a sick note.

—tamely adverb

—tameness noun [uncountable]

II. tame 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to reduce the power or strength of something and prevent it from causing trouble:

The Prime Minister managed to tame the trade unions.

2 . to train a wild animal to obey you and not to attack people SYN domesticate :

The Asian elephant can be tamed and trained.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.