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Dogs were domesticated thousands of years ago.
  to make fit for service to humans or home life — by breeding or taming
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domesticated domestication domesticate domesticable
Strongly Associated with:   domestic, domestic, domestic animal, gross domestic product (GDP)
Typically, people are referring to cats, dogs, and livestock when they say a "domesticated animal".  Any plant bred for farming or gardening is also considered domesticated.

Some people may distinguish between a breed of animal that is domesticated and a particular member of that breed that has not been around humans and which they might describe as not domesticated. The word can also be used humorously — as when a child is described as not completely domesticated.

Memory aid:  It may help you to remember the different senses of domestic and to understand the phrases it is used in if you remember that domestic references home. In this case, you could think of a domesticated animal as one that people might have around the home.
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  • Dogs were domesticated thousands of years ago.
  • domesticated plants like maize
  • Wolves are not domesticated. Even if they are raised in the home, they are not suitable pets like dogs.
  • Zoologists will tell you that certain animals more or less "chose" domestication.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma

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  • Contrary to yet another myth, Eskimo dogs are not semi-domesticated wolves though both species may well have sprung from the same ancestry.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Dogs, though domesticated, were carnivores after all.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • He’s standing with two armfuls of groceries, looking very domesticated.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • And a well-paid, domesticated army was good for trade.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It was originally domesticated by the Mayans.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He was always poring through his torn-up pocket dictionary (his name scrawled in Cyrillic on the front, with the English carefully lettered beneath: BORYS VOLODYMYROVYCH PAVLIKOVSKY) and I was always finding old 7-Eleven napkins and bits of scratch paper with lists of words and terms he’d made: bridle and domesticate
    wise guy = Kpymoiinauatt
    Dereliction of duty.
    When his dictionary failed him, he consulted me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • The elephant, which its owner had reared, not for a beast of burden, but for warlike purposes, was half domesticated.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • To get out of the house, to de-domesticate the landscape that had so far been the site of my work.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • When it reached the house it domesticated itself at once, and became immediately a great favorite with my wife.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • But we could easily breed slower, more domesticated dinosaurs.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Habitations, fences, domesticated animals, men, women, children, and the soil that bore them—all worn out.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The only reason these guinea pigs weren’t dangerous—didn’t draw blood with their teeth and claws—was that they were practically domesticated.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The domesticated generations fell from him.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Twenty miles from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay, jut out into the most domesticated body of salt water in the Western hemisphere, the great wet barnyard of Long Island Sound. they are not perfect ovals — like the egg in the Columbus story, they are both crushed flat at the contact end — but their physical resemblance must be a source of perpetual confusion to the gulls that fly overhead. to the wingless a more arresting…
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Like household dogs they came snuffling round us, right up to our gunwales, and touching them; till it almost seemed that some spell had suddenly domesticated them.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The domesticated wilderness of pine, maple and oak rolled to a halt and stuck in the frame of the train window like a bad picture.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • ’It is,’ I replied, ’and in its own element that creature preys on fish as the dog did on land animals before his race became domesticated by man.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • These are essential traits of the wolf and the wild-dog when they have become domesticated, and these traits White Fang possessed in unusual measure.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Duncan, who knew that the animal was often domesticated among the Indians, followed the example of his companion, believing that some favorite of the tribe had found its way into the thicket, in search of food.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • After about a quarter of an hour, however, domestic harmony would be disturbed, their voices rose, and the epithets they used were now drawn from the entire range of domesticated animals, ending with the pig.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • As they proceeded down the mural, heading toward the back of Celbedeil, Eragon witnessed everything from the domestication of Feldunost to the carving of Isidar Mithrim, the first meeting between dwarves and elves, and the coronation of each new dwarf king.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • So why not entertain her, be a gentleman, or whatever it is she thinks you are-What does she think you are? A domesticated rapist, obviously, an expert on the woman question.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Great narrator that he is, he knows that he can afford to take his time here and that he needs the time to domesticate the voyager in strange seas and set him solidly on terra firma among ordinary people-like Eumaios, the first of the allies who will help him to settle his score with the suitors.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • With the purest and most amiable generosity on one side; and the truest, warmest, soul-felt gratitude on the other; it is no wonder that, by the end of that short time, Oliver Twist had become completely domesticated with the old lady and her niece, and that the fervent attachment of his young and sensitive heart, was repaid by their pride in, and attachment to, himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • So long as Cleo preferred comfortable and sheltered imprisonment, Anthony would remain a domesticated parrot.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • ’Though harrowing to myself to mention, the alienation of Mr. Micawber (formerly so domesticated) from his wife and family, is the cause of my addressing my unhappy appeal to Mr. Traddles, and soliciting his best indulgence.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • In my own inexperience I still thought of them as childlike savages barely domesticated by slavery.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • When Meme returned, her parents had made an agreement that not only would the girl think that Aureliano Segundo was still a domesticated husband but also that she would not notice the sadness of the house.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • If she were to lay aside her title, and, instead of visiting among the fashionable, become domesticated, as a poor governess, on some plantation in Louisiana or Alabama, she would see and hear things that would make her tell quite a different story.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • This was one of the results of his domestication in Washington Square.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • In spite of his age he would not see patients in his office and continued to care for them in their homes as he always had, since the city was so domesticated that one could go anywhere in safety.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Their memory of people endured long after all other traces of domestication were gone; and he was counting on another instinct: the dim memory of direction which lured them always south, to the Mexican desert where they were born.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • And there wasn’t any longer enough character in the house even to give a name to and domesticate this pup.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The note of this once wild Indian pheasant is certainly the most remarkable of any bird’s, and if they could be naturalized without being domesticated, it would soon become the most famous sound in our woods, surpassing the clangor of the goose and the hooting of the owl; and then imagine the cackling of the hens to fill the pauses when their lords’ clarions rested!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • But Kearney had it right: He found himself beholding a settled culture, in the southern half of what is now Arizona, that had brilliantly harmonized land, water, crops, and domesticated animals to create a peaceable kingdom of plenty and of virtue.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I saw immediately that the trail had led to one of the few free motile isles which the Templars had saved from Hegemony domestication.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He had the reputation of being a clever man, had been there some three months waiting for his trial to come on, and would have to wait as much longer; but he was quite domesticated and contented, since he got his board for nothing, and thought that he was well treated.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Perhaps you are not so much aware as I am of the mischief that may, of the unpleasantness that must arise from a young man’s being received in this manner: domesticated among us; authorised to come at all hours, and placed suddenly on a footing which must do away all restraints.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • He was one of the islanders who was determined to make the most of this visit, if only to show the Overlords that men still had plenty of initiative and were not yet, as he put it, "fully domesticated".
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • …secret system of life, invisible, superabundant and profoundly moral, which their atmosphere holds in solution; smells natural enough indeed, and coloured by circumstances as are those of the neighbouring countryside, but already humanised, domesticated, confined, an exquisite, skilful, limpid jelly, blending all the fruits of the season which have left the orchard for the store-room, smells changing with the year, but plenishing, domestic smells, which compensate for the sharpness of…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Get some of that spirited African blood into your lazy, domesticated landino stock.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • I suppose I didn’t expect you to have something quite so… domesticated.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Then after millennia beyond thinking they domesticated some animals so that they lived with their food supply.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • This enclosure was full of domesticated cactus plants, of many varieties and great size (it seemed the Padre loved them), and among these hung wicker cages made of willow twigs, full of parrots.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • This revolution is to be wrought by the gradual domestication of the idea of Culture.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Judge Temple smiled at the playfulness of his child, and taking her arm they entered the breakfast parlor, where the young hunter was seated with an air that showed his determination to domesticate himself in the family with as little parade as possible.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
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