Synonym of tame

Alternative for tame

tames, tamed, taming, tamer, tamest

Synonym: gentle, mild, obedient, temperate,

Antonym: wild,

Adjective

Compliant to or willing to accept instructions
compliant obedient submissive biddable acquiescent tractable manageable amenable docile unassertive unresisting subdued cooperative willing under someone's control yielding meek deferential accommodating passive pliant governable conformable controllable law-abiding dutiful malleable obliging agreeable pliable complaisant persuadable obsequious servile persuasible humble subservient resigned unprotesting spiritless spineless timid lamblike mild gentle quiet soft easily handled ductile flexible duteous patient adaptable weak-kneed accepting manipulable forbearing sycophantic milky reverential easy uncomplaining teachable well-behaved docious bootlicking ingratiating obeisant lowly nonresistant resistless longanimous nonresisting responsive conformist open susceptible receptive easygoing mellow usable childlike complacent orderly cool unassuming laid-back non-resisting consentient assentient accordant easily manipulated influenceable easily influenced able to be influenced self-effacing slavish self-abasing grovelling weak supine shy cowed unobtrusive demure under someone's thumb domesticated obeying trainable kowtowing bowing down subordinate disciplinable comformable menial abject surrendering amiable giving-in placable under one's thumb groveling fawning complying handleable wimpish frightened boneless polite sheepish supplicatory stoical tolerant long-suffering wussy timorous unambitious hesitant tentative apprehensive fearful mim self-conscious fatalistic reconciled philosophical non-resistant unresistant tolerating well-trained respectful enduring adapted well-disposed calm genial phlegmatic renouncing cordial satisfied quiescent stoic peaceable relinquishing adjusted accommodated ready good observant under control like a lamb to the slaughter disciplined trusting gullible workable well trained well disciplined impressionable devoted loyal honoring faithful sheeplike attentive regardful venerating honouring hearsome unquestioning suggestible game easily swayed wrapped around finger at one's beck and call in one's pocket on a string in one's power in one's clutches suasible assenting easy-going peaceful decent courteous susceptive considerate helpful cringing indulgent friendly civil toadying consenting convincible well behaved proper supple easily persuaded nonviolent lenient agreeing unctuous conciliatory civilized happy flattering willing to please mannerly reverent oleaginous smarmy thoughtful moldable generous go-with-the-flow transformable bendy soapy easily led non-violent well-mannered oily slimy sucky honourable honorable righteous restrained cowering civilised sniveling subject unwarlike solid virtuous neighbourly snivelling mealy-mouthed Uriah Heepish neighborly moral ethical eager nonbelligerent keen good-natured diplomatic glad enthusiastic adjustable assentive forgiving lawful approving peace-loving seemly kind disposed toadyish dedicated deferent prostrate unselfish weak-minded pusillanimous eager to please filial kindly brown-nosing truckling non-aggressive like putty in one's hands sympathetic eager to help supportive downtrodden cheerful pleasant brownnosing ass-kissing parasitic favorable favourable feeble-minded adulatory decorous charitable weak-willed saponaceous serene affable even-tempered rolls with punches putty in hands good-tempered tranquil good-humored good-humoured like putty in your hands well mannered acceptive peacekeeping mouldable compromising unformed tameable ungrudging following bendable submitting inexperienced crawling tamable modest willing to compromise awed controlled plastic giving bending versatile spongy putty lithy unpretentious trained untroublesome convenient amendable acceding credulous conscientious concurring solicitous conforming ingratiatory creeping onside retiring arse-kissing acquiescing universal protean resilient all-round all-around multiskilled inferior responsible punctilious encourageable selfless ruly in accord in agreement putty in one's hands down-to-earth diffident accessible companionable useful forthcoming suckholing bowing scraping sycophant with the patience of Job ignoble dancing mean sequacious changeable at peace obligatory binding mindful bowing and scraping pabulum Milquetoast nothing wishy-washy zero plain indecisive irresolute glad to be of assistance well brought up well-brought-up fulsome at one's mercy a slave to pacific incumbent on benevolent yellow-bellied without guts smooth honest placid amicable greasy sycophantish magnanimous pacifist glib lifeless correct understanding sweet gracious nice infirm doubtful feeble non-combative non-belligerent inoffensive conflict-free dovish bighearted breezy altruistic moderate warmhearted pacifistic high-minded worthy principled right-minded hypocritical plausible slick static reflexive bearing flaccid disinterested sleepy unreceptive asleep latent stolid flat motionless poker-faced moony idle unflappable softie marshmallow irenic dovelike anti-war still lily-livered cowardly gutless chicken vacillating namby-pamby well disposed warm-hearted good-hearted kind-hearted favourably disposed beggarly arse-licking crouching enslaved stipendiary sneaking parasitical compliable clean-living upstanding upright restful undisturbed balmy gushy hagiographical smooth-talking gushing hagiographic familial hands off ordered pacificatory hospitable straight just respectable going through motions walking through it bland insinuating smooth-tongued cajoling coaxing suave dominated loving above board subjugated bullied browbeaten accommodative oppressed sonly sororal family fraternal affectionate daughterly intimidated repressed inclined handy nagged prepared constrained uxorious pleased henpecked user friendly on tap on deck ground down treated like dirt without a mind of one's own in fear of one's partner led by the nose tied to someone's apron strings under the thumb subjected to nagging wife-ridden under someone's heel befitting a son or daughter content willing to help set predisposed prone desirous zealous one fain minded in favour so minded so-minded of a mind in favor in the mood like-minded nothing loath in accord with

Adjective

Not exciting, adventurous, or controversial
boring dull uninteresting tedious monotonous flat humdrum dreary wearisome tiresome pedestrian drab dry insipid stale unexciting slow ponderous bland lifeless leaden heavy stodgy prosaic tiring jejune wearying uninspiring colorless vapid stuffy numbing uninspired jading old colourless arid drudging monochromatic weary dusty stupid spiritless feeble routine weak ordinary limp dead bloodless mediocre conventional inoffensive unobjectionable harmless mainstream safe diluted halfhearted ho-hum mind-numbing run-of-the-mill wishy-washy white-bread boiled down without punch lacklustre lackluster unimaginative commonplace mundane banal characterless uneventful trite tired blah unremarkable sterile anaemic anemic lame plain nothing plodding common vacuous vanilla ho hum workaday unvaried apathetic listless nondescript repetitious nowhere bromidic everyday hackneyed pallid barren unstimulating usual unanimated samey draggy watery as dry as dust zero dim half-hearted unvarying innocuous inane dull as dishwater unenthusiastic quotidian lustreless muted featureless wooden zestless prosy indifferent torpid fatiguing dry as dust mild unoriginal platitudinous undistinguished neutral derivative milk-and-water laborious repetitive antiseptic weariful stiff soporific pabulum deadly banausic plain vanilla dullsville common or garden tasteless uninterested flavourless passive tepid unexceptional subdued irksome flavorless middle-of-the-road big yawn passionless pathetic monochrome poor irresolute ineffectual ineffective inadequate matter-of-fact dreich lacking variety lukewarm enervating exhausting unmemorable no great shakes perfunctory cool nothing to write home about average laboured drivelling driveling plebeian normal vacant uniform quiet stilted turgid garden-variety soulless lackadaisical hacky unchanging namby-pamby unpalatable bog-standard soul-destroying flat tire mechanical impassive unrelieved meager ornery labored yawnsome downcast dull as ditchwater monotone depressing meagre unentertaining unenjoyable lacking excitement lacking interest a dime a dozen not up to much puny stereotyped unexceptionable pale sleepy anodyne gentle standard threadbare non-stimulating well-worn uncreative sluggish interminable soft unconvincing pointless unimpressive mindless stagnant etiolated cut-and-dry cut-and-dried standard-issue undistinctive unexcited reluctant pedantic unromantic enervated so-so unemotional forced gray grey languid one-horse OK corny lusterless square toneless unwilling desolate unmoved half-pie empty unconcerned dead-and-alive customary regular simple tenuous unspirited faint depressed sapless fuddy-duddy day-to-day unseasoned deadening run of the mill lacking variation treadmill deadly dull dragging prolix low-key dismal usual thing familiar long-winded unlively unpassioned bummer drag cloying drear moth-eaten bomb impotent powerless vigourless indistinct inferior peaceful unoffending uneager slack straightforward droning emotionless sombre somber clumsy unnatural awkward artificial annoying irritating typical serious stolid solemn unprogressive inactive unproductive unimpressed unresponsive weakly fruitless futile worthless backward bleak dowdy overlong businesslike boresome vexatious garden variety clinical unfeeling expressionless mat unexpressive matte dulled waterish nerdy wimpy unappealing unsentimental unvarnished unembellished unpoetic nitty-gritty literal terrestrial factual clear unadorned truistic backwoods comatose heavy-going formal paltry blasé uninflected worn-out mortal poky snooze institutional not so hot staid raw dispiriting wintry wintery sorrowful damp oppressive windy deadpan nebbish beige fatuous slight whitebread blind crude simplistic hack endless long-drawn-out cardboard without variety verbose overused diddly practical lowly actual practicable prose yawn clean overworked behind the times reiterated samely monotonic all the same recurrent sing-song unchanged flaccid predictable unartistic uninventive watered-down thin weighty lead balloon clichéd heavy going puts one to sleep flat as pancake unadventurous derived unappetizing hard to digest matter-of- fact least Milquetoast unflavoured savorless unsavory savourless stock out of date outdated old-fashioned timorous outmoded archaic obsolete defunct unsavoury unpleasurable distasteful unobtrusive extinct antiquated unostentatious antediluvian timid frail unsubstantial fragile superannuated unpretentious hoary passé restrained droopy reserved cliché-ridden timeworn without spice big zero flimsy lily-livered moderate faint-hearted meek middling forgettable antwacky out of the ark played out old hat time-worn worn out cut and dried submissive melancholic languorous dejected spineless unimpassioned languishing melancholy dispirited despondent mopy desiccated low slothful blue down cowardly disconsolate gutless dopey inanimate indecisive broken downhearted sad drippy understated run-of-the-mine passable medium run-of-mine second-class fair second-rate subtle down in the mouth down in the dumps cast down lacking in vitality discreet light conservative intermediate basic nothing special no-frills sober desultory cursory superficial inconspicuous dispassionate unnoticeable repressed unflashy nothing to get excited about fair to middling middle of the road Laodicean toned-down low-keyed tolerable set habitual accustomed stereotypical adequate general fair-to-middling cornball shopworn traditional musty frequent wonted decent ubiquitous popular established fairish prevailing hokey cliché familiar tune warmed-over ready-made modest natural prevalent worn bathetic amateur amateurish okay unnoteworthy overdone household insignificant cliched drained used-up chain exhausted mildewed all right not much cop orthodox acceptable dime-store accepted satisfactory not bad respectable obligatory hackney cliche homespun formulaic stereotypic platitudinal garden characteristic mean generic archetypical cobwebby widespread ten a penny serviceable good sufficient homely fixed archetypal representative expected recognized classic good enough universal staple par for the course recognised presentable not very good public daily settled well worn fairly good matter-of-course reasonable dime-a-dozen current fine bog standard goodish going classical regulation bush-league typic pretty good standardized standardised proverbial domestic majority O.K. overall sufficiently good moderately good plastic true pervasive humble time-honoured acknowledged chronic inconsequential allowable admissible unspectacular nothing out of the ordinary meh out-of-date family anonymous old-hat tripe not too bad warmed-up imitative boilerplate tidy casual informal unimportant ruling indistinctive trivial immaterial jake received comfortable suburban two a penny competent rife of no consequence rampant endemic shared prescriptive commensurate proper midway up to standard midsized native median up to scratch sufficing time-honored midsize middle off-the-shelf past their sell-by date inconsiderable prescribed menial diurnal enough in-between workday constant of poor quality unaspiring unambitious silly extensive fair enough unfateful noneventful inconclusive dumb cornfed facile noplace heavy-handed vieux jeu blending into the background periodic formalistic minimal canonical readily available widely available plain-Jane unextraordinary scheduled no big deal phoned in superabundant familial one-size-fits-all mimetic plenty nothing to shout about able cromulent seasonal methodical numerous in use ongoing cheap and commonplace collective blank considerable repeated known grind limited mimic admitted domiciliary pervading predominant generous abundant significant appreciable marked noticeable goodly sizable worthwhile substantial sizeable biggish useless inert static faceless noncommittal prototypical well established vulgar acquired honoured widely held honored livable unimpeachable of little importance irrelevant of no importance whatever of little consequence meaningless not worth mentioning piddling of no great concern of no account well-known acquainted apish prototypal model ideal presentational quintessential signature broad effete mawkish fetid past bent foetid yesterday's out unsophisticated homey home obvious starch confirmed common variety well known recognisable recurring recognizable slavish random neither one thing nor the other non-specific across the board par halfway medial central midmost intermediary medium-sized mediate mid middle-sized boiler plate gone off played-out old-chestnut old-saw epigonous epigonic ample better than nothing like a dinosaur favourite favorite canned outclassed déclassé to be expected only to be expected foreseeable in character indicative inherent steady symptomatic emblematic consistent distinguishing … all over true to type true to form in keeping distinctive anticipated likely individualistic unsurprising idiosyncratic foreseen on the cards reliable automatic methodic rigid emulative systematic imperfect sorry poorer low-grade low-quality shabby worse lousy bad substandard junk wretched lemon tawdry low-rent good-for-nothing base two-bit traditionary off-the-rack bought mass-produced store-bought store off-the-peg ritual proven suitable appropriate agreeable ceremonial ritualistic solid alright fit palatable sound tried and true doctrinal taken for granted conformist sanctioned widely used rooted tried and tested immemorial valid fitting convenient correct up to the mark assuaging swell up to snuff kosher snug quite good in order up to par assuasive appeasing pleasant completely understandable A-OK totally fine most common

Adjective

(of climate or weather) Not aggressive or violent in nature
soft light gentle mild caressing pleasing moderate restful calm genial temperate balmy delicate zephyr-like bland cool equable benign agreeable clement pacific peaceful pleasant quiet serene soothing tranquil mellow placid faint subdued meek tender peaceable easy compassionate unassuming affable docile modest sympathetic sensitive good-natured soft-hearted tender-hearted complaisant deferential mild-mannered amiable kind warm forgiving easy-going conciliatory warm-hearted indulgent merciful chilled easy-oasy forbearing subservient spiritless good-humored easygoing obliging good-tempered submissive vapid obeisant flat patient good-humoured jejune smooth forbearant dull slight stifled muted graceful indistinct dainty weak muffled hushed wimpy diminished caring benevolent softhearted warmhearted lamblike demure reverent retiring angelic gracious harmless unoffensive non-confrontational lenient humble shy untroubled fine slow feeble fair nonabrasive softened halcyon considerate clear deliberate lovable laid back friendly kindly humane understanding respectful kind-hearted amicable likeable likable sociable decent loving sweet-tempered dove-like congenial cheerful tenderhearted moral large-hearted kindhearted goodhearted dovelike motherly fatherly maternal brotherly soft-spoken sisterly paternal unpretentious long-suffering lowly resigned yielding timid down-to-earth self-effacing diffident compliant acquiescent unobtrusive unambitious wishy-washy nothing orderly pabulum Milquetoast tolerant manageable zero plain cowed longanimous fearful passive

Adjective

Failing to convince or impress
feeble unconvincing poor thin weak flimsy implausible inadequate ineffective ineffectual paltry unsuccessful inept pathetic shallow unsatisfactory flat fruitless futile lame profitless useless suspect phony trifling unsound transparent phoney incredible half-baked unpersuasive tenuous unbelievable inconceivable insufficient unimpressive questionable unsubstantial improbable illogical unlikely unreasonable superficial slight groundless false fallacious vain trivial untenable insubstantial inconsequential dubious hollow sketchy doubtful faulty frivolous controvertible specious fantastic baseless far-fetched fishy inane wishful ungrounded frail assailable weakly contemptible airy full of holes hard to believe hard to swallow insignificant erroneous unsupported unbacked lacking substance ill-founded light fragile puny unrealistic fanciful fantastical incredulous uncompelling puerile unthinkable unimaginable strained unconceivable faltering inefficient unpleasing unsuitable flabby preposterous remote ponderous forced laboured labored strange vague flawed irrational nonsensical inconclusive unsubstantiated absurd contradictory nebulous ludicrous farfetched threadbare difficult to believe cock-and-bull not convincing beyond belief scarcely credible hard to take full of it vapid spurious incongruous unsustainable invalid unsupportable shaky irreconcilable puzzling obscure senseless impossible indefensible meager meagre nonrational reachy unfounded unreasoned inconsequent illegitimate unreasoning fatuous nutty wacky problematic weak-kneed off the wall won't hold water won't wash self-contradictory

Adjective

Lacking strength of character to follow one's own principles
weak irresolute indecisive spineless unassertive cowardly fickle gutless impotent ineffectual meek passive timid weak-willed craven dithering faltering ineffective inept soft spiritless useless wishy-washy effete fallible indeterminate invertebrate nerveless pathetic powerless pusillanimous timorous undetermined vacillating wavering weakling characterless chicken-hearted corruptible faint-hearted hemming and hawing lily-livered limp-wristed milk-and-water namby-pamby supine undependable unreliable unsure waffling weak-kneed wet yellow yellow-bellied yielding chicken easily led recreant shrinking pigeon-hearted base quaking sissy trembling wimpish cowering poltroon chicken-livered milk-livered fearful dastardly chickenhearted unheroic poor-spirited tremulous nervous afraid wimpy feeble scared frightened candy-assed submissive fainthearted sissified apprehensive hesitant boneless unmanly jittery pigeonhearted abject easily frightened lacking courage daunted frail jumpy diffident weakened cowed white-livered mousy mousey caitiff anxious panicky intimidated dismayed wussy nervy persuasible impressionable persuadable compliant weak-minded tentative retiring shy spooked milksoppish feeble-minded reluctant coward sheepish mean-spirited feart half-hearted easily scared niddering poltroonish coy funky low deceitful offensive unprincipled treacherous unethical sneaking tricky cringey skittish afraid of one's own shadow sookie capricious gentle browbeaten bullied unassured Milquetoast shaky unnerved ignoble cowhearted backward worthless changeable dishonourable dishonorable cringing infirm doubtful having cold feet without guts running scared paper tiger no guts having the willies biddable quivering twitchy stressy windy antsy overstrung unquiet keyed up spooky squeamish forceless pithless having kittens a bundle of nerves in a cold sweat like a cat on a hot tin roof like a cat on hot bricks frightened of one's own shadow without a will of your own afraid of one's shadow

Verb

To subjugate or bring a person or group under control
conquer defeat overpower vanquish master subdue subjugate crush dominate overwhelm humble subordinate enslave gain control of gain mastery over gain ascendancy over bring under the yoke bring to heel hold sway over keep under thumb break the spirit overcome lick suppress quell quash beat best hegemonize repress clobber surmount subject dispatch break hammer pacify stop worst rule reduce overmatch get upend skunk overbear triumph over put down bear down beat down get the better of prevail over win against walk all over bring someone to their knees get around wipe the floor with do down control curb check bridle restrain govern regulate manage colonize tyrannize oppress overthrow direct command get over coerce underyoke force triumph compel enthrall enthral colonise tyrannise rule over get a grip on hold sway kick around reel back in bring to knees trounce thrash take demolish trim overrun extinguish trample drop chasten make mincemeat of get the upper hand over gain the upper hand over get the upper hand shut down abuse maltreat persecute wrong ill-treat scourge exploit keep down treat harshly annoy torment saddle outrage encumber plague press despotize strain worry handicap vex tax beset tyrranize overload be cruel to distress hold down harry smother grind down harass ride hound aggrieve be brutal to torture trample underfoot tyrannize over trample on put upon ride roughshod over pick on put screws to weigh heavy upon rule with a rod of iron put the squeeze on rule with an iron hand

Verb

To make less powerful or intense, thereby easier to control
control curb restrain check bridle contain constrain regulate inhibit govern subdue repress hold suppress measure rule keep moderate conquer calm overcome mitigate temper lick discipline soften pacify mellow mollify tranquillize tranquilize gentle humble mute cow bust reclaim rein in pull in tone down get the better of water down get a grip on stifle restrict limit keep in check master quell hold back hold in keep under control keep a tight rein on cool hinder smother bottle up still confine hamper trammel beat retard rein keep a lid on keep the lid on withhold hold down soothe quiet arrest impede frustrate modulate curtail cork bring under control gain mastery over bite back choke back compose keep back keep lid on defeat vanquish best solve quash stop lull allay thwart prevail over freeze muzzle intern direct bar relax squelch guide prevent put the brakes on simmer down keep in line imprison straiten stem muffle delimit stay gag deter relieve hold in check gaol jail triumph over rein back shut in hem in hog-tie soft-pedal keep within bounds lock up fight back put a brake on keep down put half nelson on cool off stem the flow of slow down manage ease keep control of subjugate cork up keep on a string gain control over get over bring into line find an answer to lay down the law to someone find a solution to get under control get control of deal with strangle settle re-collect peg adjust monitor cap entrammel fetter collect halt rally inspect corner recover put a limit on box in cool down bring to screeching halt button up cut back keep tight rein on tie up damp down delay obstruct set limits on impose limits on chain stall foil hamstring baulk hold up neutralize pause constrict incarcerate cramp cut short block catch reduce terminate swallow interrupt staunch bottleneck counteract repulse discourage choke put a spoke in someone's wheel interfere with circumvent slacken pace brake bring to a standstill pull up draw up play for time rebuff stand in the way of nip in the bud neutralise checkmate fetch up ban bind lock in deny concuss coop up fence in deprive shotgun disallow close in necessitate immure balk decide determine placate appease sway palliate mince deaden damp break form influence condition dictate assuage conciliate propitiate temperate handicap dampen affect shape mould leash bit harness modify alter touch underlie debar silence content predispose directionalize mold act on incline work on dispose shepherd detain impound circumscribe kill hogtie impact on exert influence on keep in be a factor in have an effect on play down cool out meet halfway sit on box up put away pin down pull back tie down have on a tight leash crack down calm down quieten crush disarm ameliorate surmount have an impact on chasten dispatch put down stroke grease dulcify con qualify sweeten square pacificate clobber dominate make peace with squash smooth over impose peace upon restore harmony to fix up butter up bury the hatchet kiss and make up take the edge off smooth someone's ruffled feathers lay back clear the air with make peace put the lid on win against crack down on stamp out put the kibosh on gain control of stymie encumber slow shackle hobble clog handcuff manacle embarrass short-circuit discontinue forestall put a stop to cumber prohibit cease cut off suspend hang up oppose put an end to interdict resist quit stave off intercept end bring up head off baffle avert avoid dam ward off bork tie stonewall shut out cripple break off shut off get in the way of shut down get in the way preclude throw a spanner in the works of forbid set back derail fend off disrupt sink lessen drop submerge hold off postpone pocket decrease throw a monkey wrench in the works of desist put off obviate forfend rule out diminish finish lay off interfere leave off conceal bring to an end quench forgo can eschew forbear crimp refuse fix slow up bog down let up decelerate outlaw desist from jam defer shelve close cancel give up divert slacken counter overpower evade abstain close off put back entangle ward renounce knock off pack in turn aside kick keep at bay proscribe stanch steer clear of cramp one's style put a lid on abandon disturb occlude hide inconvenience exclude dodge withstand gulp back congest stuff scupper extinguish enjoin retardate stop up nullify shush stunt intermit escape pick off shun clog up sidestep choke off bung up plug up abjure skirt weigh down clamp down on put an stop to reject break up refrain from cut out come to a standstill give over pull the plug on put on ice call a halt to pack up do without keep off defend against keep from abstain from forbear from scrub sabotage dissuade plug adjourn capture set entrap barricade impair sandbag conclude abort fence deflect crab obscure duck mire hesitate falter ostracize blockade block up incommode screen bottle cover up loiter shorten abbreviate abridge discommode censor disadvise scare immobilize cut remit keep secret faze make illegal immobilise fill up fill close out belay bung lullaby refrain quelch suffocate burden jam up becalm salve embargo hush disadvantage pass save die ostracise taboo clot waive be a hindrance to forswear dissolve pre-empt help bypass repel prorogue turn off stopper mothball shake chill estop procrastinate defend talk out of stand still contravene place a limit on lay aside take down back off drown throw cold water on forsake hold off on lose speed cut down oppress call it quits call a halt put a damper on gum up mark off stop oneself put on hold put on back burner put on the shelf pour cold water on protract come to a stop leave alone hold over comfort balm saddle with drag one's feet come to a halt bite one's lip withhold from push back prevent oneself from swear off restrain oneself from steer clear prevent yourself from count out not give in to stop oneself from make late fight off give a hard time put in cold storage ease up anticipate straitjacket tie someone down ruin hang on hold the fort resist attack fight sidetrack brace net enmesh ensnare choke something back cushion come down hard on snag hold something in demarcate act against cross destroy gulp scotch tether bound left out keep feeling inside oneself enclose trap bring to naught collar discountenance circumnavigate veto debilitate overload boycott blacklist dissuade from discomfit rattle disfavour disfavor warn indispose frighten deprecate disconcert spoil prolong park garrote garrotte prevent from making progress inc charge bother tie one's hands stave retain specify demark prescribe seal caulk elude put on brakes keep a rein on slam on the brakes disqualify keep from happening define delimitate girdle not allow to go beyond keep within the limits of sideline criminalize louse up set a limit on say goodbye to cut into break into block out close up foul up screw up lag abate get bogged down put the brakes on take out of play snuff make difficult put at a disadvantage bring an end to drag feet hold captive clip someone's wings put out hush up heap shower shroud blackball except eliminate choke up pack throw a spanner in the works throw a spoke in the wheel of put a ceiling on reef embog arrive buck nix spike put straitjacket on throw monkey wrench in put out of commission cramp someone's style place at a disadvantage give disadvantage take out dawdle down loaf bog flag poke resolve reconcile solace make up console tune down keep hold of tamper throttle sever keep within limits block off confuse obturate complicate hold the line declare taboo criminalise trouble conflict override exile draw the line on check oneself turn down make it impossible for make impossible make it impracticable for give the thumbs down to declare illegal put the chill on give the red light to say no refuse to pay dam up gibbet gunge up wring shut out of noose squeeze freeze out silt up back-water keep waiting lose steam wind down anchor it tongue-tie ice pigeonhole dispense with make impracticable miss stay away from make up for deny yourself shake off break the habit of skip out on get around shrink from shirk stay away get out of restrain from counterbalance skip shy from negate reschedule table hit the brakes let down flaps get there draw to a halt haul up reach a standstill bulwark guard disband prorogate recess monkey with stand let call off axe erode elide undermine dock truncate syncopate fight shy of resist the temptation to take the pledge give a wide berth to go on the wagon avoid doing sit out be temperate pass up not touch have nothing to do with not do take the cure jack in bring to a close bring to a halt put aside parry alleviate dummy up dry up shut up get back at reply beat off defend yourself retaliate put up a fight riposte rescind scrap call bring repeal revoke recall clip take a breather from put on a back burner lay on the table take a rain check on inactivate put on the back burner hang fire omit put in abeyance file pink-slip keep in abeyance lay over hold in abeyance cover fend enfetter enchain gyve pinion cheat damage weaken compromise chain up clap secure cuff stop dead break short leave unfinished stop cold stop short stop in full flow internalize reassure fall scratch cry off ax internalise stand off peter out not move safeguard against secure against protect against shield against seize rock to sleep take the sting out take it easy chill out settle down quiet down ease off take the edge stand up for guard against skirt round defend oneself against keep at arm's length take put in irons clap in irons expropriate grab snatch commandeer act like a wet blanket stop midstream mark down retrench lower economize economise contract slash infringe encroach on tie someone's hands attack ambush challenge knock it off put in chains appropriate interlope confront shortstop accost interpose hijack tackle waylay buttonhole keep under wraps keep inside black out clamp down come down on take severe measures against take stern measures against tighten up on get tough pounce on take on get tough on come down on like a ton of bricks come down heavily on swoop down on cut in take away forego make off with quit cold cease to indulge in go without lay off of kick the habit kick over head off at pass elapse lapse expire go waver dither stagger vacillate wabble teeter balance wobble scruple limp stumble whiffle wind up dead-end wink out come to an end bring to a stop be over call it a day close down be suspended put a sock in draw to a close be abandoned come to a close blow the whistle on hold at bay put a cork in stem the flow bring to standstill be broken off shilly-shally wiggle-waggle draw to a stand hang back come to rest

Verb

To punish (in order to bring about improvement in behavior, attitude, etc)
chasten humble humiliate subdue cow curb squash abase cheapen debase deflate degrade demean discipline discredit disgrace dishonour dishonor flatten foul lower mortify restrain shame sink smirch soften afflict check repress bring down bring low take down put down cut down to size put in your place put someone in their place take down a peg or two devalue embarrass belittle crush abash bemean denigrate cast down own take down a peg corrupt tarnish shoot down debauch smear show up disparage prostitute make someone eat crow quash pervert vitiate subvert taint deteriorate deprave chagrin warp bastardize poison discomfit lessen profane reduce downgrade canker diminish snub blot bastardise reproach tear down make a fool of drag through the mud put to shame make someone eat humble pie defame sully blemish slander stigmatize stoop demote demoralize descend blacken derogate besmear drag down demoralise defile cause to lose face censure stigmatise lower the status of run down reflect badly on bring into disrepute make ashamed bring shame to settle someone's hash give a black eye take the wind out of someone's sails harm stain damage break subjugate besmirch undermine disconcert expose slur injure slam pan destroy mudsling attaint libel disfavor pull down ridicule disfavour reduce the status of drag through the mire bring shame upon give a bad name put in a bad light get the better of have the last laugh on show in a bad light bring shame on blame deign condescend floor depress crawl demolish brand scandalize disconsider disoblige cast a slur spot mar control disregard deride desecrate disrespect scandalise mock brutalize spoil weaken dehumanize desensitize let down take apart dump on depreciate dehumanise decry desensitise detract brutalise silence overcome upset squelch betray give a bad name to tar and feather lose face minimize undervalue lower someone's status lower someone's dignity put away strike dumb make uncomfortable make someone feel ashamed minimise take to bits take to pieces make lose face cut down pop one's balloon make eat dirt put one away dispirit succumb sell out bring down a peg make one feel small cut to the quick deny suppress be untrue to oneself beat down abandon one's principles force to eat humble pie discourage dismay dishearten punish lower oneself demean yourself lower yourself debase oneself be reduced be reduced to demean oneself debase yourself debunk dash blister wither rip discountenance knock down puncture balloon confound confuse vanquish downplay let down easy get under control knock the stuffing out of kick in the teeth let wind out of sails take the wind out of somebody's sails play down cause to feel small put out of countenance cripple debilitate devaluate vilify malign calumniate soil insult compromise disesteem cast aspersions on do a hatchet job on ruin the reputation of pooh-pooh destroy someone's credibility detract from bring into disfavour damage someone's reputation blacken someone's name pollute befoul bestialize asperse abuse contaminate knock rubbish bad-mouth slag off traduce ruin bring discredit to blotch speak ill of attack trash infect breathe on discount impair deprecate assail rip up and down do a number on sling mud at muckrake animalize dismiss revile cast a slur on spread scandal about fling mud at run smear campaign lead astray trivialize distort violate deface scorn minify diss dis vilipend adulterate trivialise blight trash-talk poor-mouth roast dirty cry down write off hurt blacken the name of dilute make degenerate embitter prejudice underrate waste discolor despoil criticize discolour marginalize outrage blaspheme slate scorch tar criticise marginalise impugn bring dishonour to pour scorn on sneer at mark down pull apart influence mess up kiss off talk down have a go at treat with disrespect misuse disfigure decrease underestimate bust condemn attenuate understate manipulate treat lightly annoy disrate dispraise bash affront ravage laugh off laugh at slight misprize vandalize scoff at do down maculate hold cheap hit out at pick holes in treat sacrilegiously flame vandalise commit sacrilege muck up make light of reflect negatively curse vituperate speak badly of pull to pieces cast in a bad light damage the reputation of harm the reputation of muddy the reputation of blacken the reputation of seduce twist flaw unsettle mongrelize misemploy bend skew misapply colour bias alloy wreck endamage squander sell sacrifice turn badmouth subordinate jaundice worsen reduce in value bloody crab speckle devalorize sour lower in rank rot disdain color lower in status reduce in quality blackguard harden blast touch go bad inflict consume rust criticize unfairly go to hell relegate live in the gutter rap sneer deform undercut sabotage destabilize cross up toughen drag through mud drag someone's name through the mud sling mud corrode envenom spread lies about declass blacken the character of bad mouth give black eye sully the reputation of throw mud at rip up put hooks in tear into cut offend ulcer sore scourge bump set back revert provoke case-harden inure set a bad example destabilise nose dive aggravate drop reduce to the ranks kick downstairs hoodoo swear vice cuss voodoo darn wound defeat coarsen waste away axe slash taunt overwhelm smash enfeeble overpower ax dip slow make callous make unfeeling slap alter do wrong be evil talk dirty commit sin disappoint tease incapacitate sap devastate depredate sack pillage devour desolate spoliate keep down put double whammy on lace falsify automate robotize mechanize mechanise imbrute automatize barbarize impoverish extinguish blaspheme against write down faze fluster rattle displease nonplus vex irritate begrime grime muddy doctor putrefy cook horrify appal rout enervate sledge smudge miscall scuzz up slang gird jeer scoff appall put someone to shame lay waste to get one's comeuppance take the wind out harass commit sacrilege against worry make foul be rude to give offence to call names step on one's toes cause offence to cut dead hurt someone's feelings treat disrespectfully throw shade call someone names interfere with splash get dirty spatter bring to ruin cause instability tinker with fiddle with make impure tamper with muck gaum mire splatter distain bemire daub poor mouth pooh pooh sour grapes bring someone to their knees make filthy make dirty get filthy crumb bedraggle mess muss make mucky muss up take a swipe at shoot full of holes

Verb

To make or become less
lessen reduce decrease ease lower minimise minimize moderate relax diminish narrow allay alleviate assuage attenuate blunt curtail deaden dull erode palliate weaken check dampen de-escalate depress dilute make less make smaller mitigate soften abate degrade dent deplete discount downscale downsize drop dwindle impair mollify prune temper abridge dial down lighten slash tone down truncate knock down pare down take the edge off wind down relieve soothe cut curb cut down quell calm cut back restrain cushion subdue stifle trim suppress cool limit slim down shrink appease quiet damp still muffle smother mark down scale down help modify depreciate quieten lull slacken restrict mute undermine qualify contract lenify slow tranquilize control pacify extenuate tranquillize make cutbacks in downgrade retrench devaluate sap pare damp down numb compose axe bring down sink quench shorten whittle down deflate taper ax placate repress break decrement roll back devalue settle cheapen hold back contain ameliorate slake cut back on inhibit absorb salami-slice retard buffer clip modulate sweeten ease off shave comfort step down take the sting out ebb stop overcome extinguish thin write off smooth gentle benumb silence destroy hinder tail off regulate cripple stay adjust loosen defuse anaesthetize run down mellow take the bite out anesthetize put a damper on rationalize turn down sate cut off write down salve consume let up remit let up on hush disempower minify remove satisfy constrict cauterize slack decline enfeeble dispel debilitate rationalise squelch soft-pedal slow down loose throw cold water on deduct disable cauterise wear away take down water down arrest take off waste pour cold water on wear down cure pour oil on halt play down put an end to put down make reductions in wane ease up on exhaust dam stem subtract peter out empty block release blanket couch staunch adulterate enervate economize on squash stanch wreck ruin vitiate dissipate delay banish spoil taper off paralyse dim crumble eliminate drop off heal dry up bolster debase detain quash untighten handicap trim back trim down devour undervalue tire decelerate pad chill out commute pipe down revise tighten impede buttress devalorize dock make weaker obstruct disintegrate take disburden facilitate free rebate knock off put damper on improve cut down on rein stall put the lid on kill nurse paralyze deteriorate succor vary cool out hold up set back resolve change shift hamper prevent decay make nice postpone take away choke off transmogrify switch revamp keep down dampen down phase down round down doctor keep back interrupt aid assist succour console solace scale back get rid of mire retardate whittle away obtund phase out break up loiter choke waste away tune down interfere with eat away take a load off balm bog down rein in detract from subside ration scale something down diffuse spare take the edge off sth mask address satiate pillow whittle euphemize devitalize etiolate slenderize blur calm down settle down dip chill excuse restraint make fewer muzzle fill surfeit discourage rarefy offset gratify becalm lullaby reduce the force of deter dulcify subvert foreshorten hebetate desensitise desensitize demote downplay abbreviate dash keep it down decrease the volume extend lace sophisticate ratchet down nose dive put a stop to prostrate gruntle reduce punishment withstand oppose resist treat muddy up admix stamp out retrench on fix up reduce greatly dismiss slim invalidate take pressure off mince make less strict make less formal mar insulate seclude take the heat off guard stabilize keep to a minimum keep at a minimum refresh relaxed cloud take sting out patch things up delete confine omit worsen fall lay off soak up drive away chase away put to rest square drive off chop crop compress attend protect against cause to fall condense lower in price simmer down hold in reconcile dispose ease up make up demilitarise save neutralise rescue recover stabilise neutralize demilitarize thin out fine tune make reasonable lessen the impact of soften the impact of reduce the impact of reduce the effect of reduce something lop off lop bring to a standstill rob from make lighter subjugate lower in value remedy nourish balance attune sugarcoat defend against shield against brighten monkey around with withdraw play up to cut short concentrate shear economize soften up harsh rise above counteract economise safeguard against bridle constrain corrode amortise cast down harmonize punctuate take the bite out of take the sting out of rehabilitate make better prettify amortize drain liss take from disencumber levitate upraise uplight jettison eradicate unload unburden mess up master set tone tune govern expend smooth out clear the air take the heat make light of bring respite to debit abstract clog brake strike off eat gnaw spend crush bring an end to bring aid to make bearable make something bearable bring aid take load off incapacitate stun frustrate etherize chloroform KO drown unnerve stupefy injure freeze gas deprive dope inflect encumber abrade evacuate use up withhold minus allow bate make less intense lick defer reduce weight put off throw out pour out budget cut roll down trim away milk slow up hamstring amend fine-tune alter adapt harmonise tweak reduce by take out decrease by knock out lay out dissolve weather quieten down keep a lid on clamp down on crack down on keep the lid on hold in check get under control nip in the bud slap down snuff out keep in check cheer forward disengage relent simplify meliorate promote speed expedite lift further put back put to sleep draw back nibble rot fret trammel cumber burn bleed put out of order scrape away hang up close off down hesitate loaf back off falter crimp throw a monkey wrench in the works of baulk bog balk baffle bring to screeching halt shut off shut down dawdle put a brake on throw a spanner in the works of flag poke fetter stunt suck dry impoverish bankrupt run interference for clear the way speed up make easier attend to open the door scour grind down eat away at bite bite at finish draw down draw squander play out lag chip away at eat into gnaw away at procrastinate embog reef wash up eat up dig into back-water hit the brakes lose speed put the brakes on lose steam let down flaps get in the way of keep waiting anchor it

Verb

To teach, train or educate in a given field
train instruct school teach educate tutor coach prepare drill prime season exercise guide indoctrinate develop discipline equip fit improve inculcate lead lesson mentor pilot ready rear upskill condition cultivate edify enlighten ground hone practice practise qualify rehearse harden inure mould mold shape sharpen update drum into break in care for give lessons to lick into shape make fit make ready demonstrate something to wise up show the ropes put through the grind put through the mill whip into shape make something clear to put someone through their paces groom inform nurture direct foster brainwash advise brief counsel initiate instill illuminate instil show warm up raise breed get ready accustom get into shape verse look after program work out habituate parent propagandize programme lecture bring up form provide for propagandise support take care of proselytize work over mother implant imbue persuade better uplift elevate acquaint break influence explain familiarize tend catechize proselytise nurse nourish study prep familiarise give lessons give instruction to hypnotize walk through mature tailor give pointers work give information to set up compel manipulate plant communicate convince order illume tell inspire illumine help introduce loosen up demonstrate adapt din something into shepherd set hypnotise steer clarify clue organize brace break someone in let in on clue in fill in tune up break down give advice to cherish get set give the facts give counsel to give counselling to familiarize with acquaint with make conversant with give direction to give someone hints make suggestions to give someone tips make recommendations to lay it out for organise give instruction put in the picture be responsible for the education of attend to provide regiment din drill into hammer into arm promote cram bring someone up spar advance empower manage give character socialise socialize make suitable stretch shadowbox impress upon civilize homeschool civilise watch over apprise hip clear pull one's coat feed raise youngster get into condition limber up notify give instructions expound describe explicate point out disclose catch up engineer reveal level toughen up shape up get used to provender supervise re-educate temper age acclimatize base bolster back nursle teach information labor labour strain keep posted give lessons in endow radicalize mellow do break it to aid impart enable facilitate fanaticize radicalise extremize ripen toughen orient sponsor predicate rest give the lowdown give the low-down supply with facts clue up gen up give somebody the lowdown suit anneal moderate mitigate make experienced hang illustrate orientate equip with pound into open eyes polish up inform about present climatize acclimate acclimatise teach school learn show the way to explain things to put through grind put through mill knock up do exercises prime in train in instruct in make aware of teach about drill in school in coach in tutor in ground in fill in on give a grounding in caution preach protect fix give counsel give advice improve mind clue in on clue up on give counselling give guidance give direction demonstrate to make clear poise gen up on plan give hints give directions keep your hand in arrange go through one's paces offer opinions offer suggestions make recommendations give tips put in the picture about give the gen about give the low-down on lay fortify anticipate forearm give someone an idea allow make plans for arm oneself put together gird up one's loins make up lay out pave the way fit out make provision adjust take steps make preparations take precautions take measures make provision for guard forearm oneself contrive make arrangements make plans be prepared lay the groundwork

Antonym of tame

tame Idiom, Proverb

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