April 11, 2013
domesticate (verb)
\duh-MESS-tih-kayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to adapt to living with human beings and to serving their purposes
How do you use it?
Humans have domesticated horses and oxen to work on farms.
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Which word do you think comes from the same root as "domesticate"?

"Domesticate" and "dome" both trace to the Latin word "domus" meaning "home." "Domesticate" was formed from "domestic," which stemmed from the Latin "domus." "Dome" traces to the Italian "duomo," meaning "cathedral" and "house of God," and "duomo" ultimately comes from the Latin "domus." Other words related to "domus" tend to have something to do with home, as in "domicile," a place to live, "dame," the mistress of a household, and "majordomo," a person in charge of a great household and especially of a royal one.
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