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tame

adjective uk   /teɪm/ us  

tame adjective (NOT WILD)

(especially of animals) not wild or dangerous, either naturally or because of training or long involvement with humans: After a few months' contact the monkeys become very tame.

tame adjective (NOT EXCITING)

disapproving not interesting or exciting: It was a tame film in comparison to some that she's made.

tame

verb [T] uk   /teɪm/ us  
to make a wild animal tame to control something dangerous or powerful: He'll need to tame his temper if he wants to succeed.
tameable
adjective uk   /ˈteɪ.mə.bl̩/ us  
tamer
noun [C] uk   /ˈteɪ.mər/ us    /-mɚ/
someone who tames something that is wild, especially an animal: a lion-tamer
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