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Tame, adj. 1) having lost its native wildness, accustomed to man, domestic: Ven. 1096. Tp. II, 2, 71. Tp. II, 2, 71 Gent. III, 2, 80. All's II, 5, 50. Wint. I, 2, 92 (make's fat as t. things; cf. “Thing).” R2 I, 1, 174. H4A V, 2, 10. “I'll watch him t.” Oth. III, 3, 23 (like a hawk). “you must be watched ere you be made t.” Troil. III, 2, 46.
Used of things, == wonted, accommodated to one's habits, grown into a custom: “sequestering from me all that time, acquaintance, custom and condition made t. and most familiar to my nature,” Troil. III, 3, 10.
2) subdued: “how t. a meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew,” Shr. II, 314. With to, == bearing patiently: “patience, t. to sufferance, bide each check,” Sonn. 58, 7. “make them t. to their obedience,” John IV, 2, 262. “made t. to fortune's blows,” Lr. IV, 6, 225 (Qq made lame by fortune's blows).
3) Metaphorically, either in a good sense, == free from passion, mild, gentle, meek; or in a bad sense, == heartless, spiritless, insensible, dull: “fair nature is both kind and t.” Compl. 311. “youth is wild, and age is t.” Pilgr. 164. “to be what I would not shall not make me t.” Wiv. III, 5, 153. “you could not with more t. a tongue desire it,” Meas. II, 2, 46. “you are a t. man, go!” Mids. III, 2, 259. “I see love hath made thee a t. snake,” As IV, 3, 70. “yet can I not of such t. patience boast,” R2 I, 1, 52. “he's no swaggerer; a t. cheater,” H4B II, 4, 105. their (horses') “courage with hard labour t. and dull,” H4A IV, 3, 23. “still use of grief makes wild grief t.” R3 IV, 4, 229. “weaker than a woman's tear, --r than sleep, fonder than ignorance,” Troil. I, 1, 10. “be not too t. neither,” Hml. III, 2, 18. “start not so wildly from my affair. I am t., sir,” Hml. III, 2, 18 “at your age the hey-day in the blood is t.” III, 4, 69.
In a physical sense, == harmless, ineffectual, impotent: “his remedies are t. in the present peace and quietness of the people,” Cor. IV, 6, 2.
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