Mate meaning

māt
The definition of a mate is a significant other or spouse, part of a matched pair or a friend or buddy.

An example of a mate is a male duck who has formed a relationship with a female duck.

An example of a mate is your husband or your wife.

An example of a mate is one of a pair of socks.

An example of a mate is a buddy with whom you enjoy doing things.

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One of a matched pair.

The mate to this glove.

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To mate is defined as to come together in marriage or to breed offspring.

An example of mate is when dogs get together and produce puppies.

An example of mate is when people get married.

An example of mate is when you purposely select two dogs with good physical characteristics and breed them to produce desirable offspring.

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A spouse or romantic partner.
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A deck officer on a merchant ship ranking next below the master.
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A US Navy petty officer who is an assistant to a warrant officer.
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To join closely or combine.

An engine that is mated to a four-speed transmission.

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To cause to be united in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
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To cause (organisms) to breed or bring (organisms) into close proximity for breeding.
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To become joined in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
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A checkmate.
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To checkmate or achieve a checkmate.
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An evergreen shrub or small tree (Ilex paraguariensis) of South America, widely cultivated for its leaves, which are used to prepare a tealike beverage.
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A tealike beverage, popular in South America, made from the dried leaves of this plant.
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One of a pair, esp. of a matched pair.
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(archaic) An equal; fit associate.
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To join as a pair; couple.
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To couple in marriage or sexual union.
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To provide with a mate.
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To become mated.
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A beverage made from the dried leaves of a South American evergreen tree (Ilex paraguariensis) of the holly family.
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This tree.
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The dried leaves of this tree.
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Either of a pair of birds or other animals that associate in order to propagate.
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Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
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Either of a pair of plants, fungi, or other organisms that engage in sexual reproduction or conjugation with each other.
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To be paired for reproducing; breed.
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To copulate.
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A fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate.
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(especially of a non-human animal) A breeding partner.
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(colloquial, UK, Australia, New Zealand) A friend, usually of the same sex.

I'm going to the pub with a few mates.

He's my best mate.

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(colloquial, UK, Australia, New Zealand) A colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male.

Excuse me, mate, have you got the time?

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(nautical) In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
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(nautical) A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship.
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(nautical) A first mate.
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A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate); sometimes an apprentice.
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The other member of a matched pair of objects.

I found one of the socks I wanted to wear, but I couldn't find its mate.

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A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
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(intransitive) To match, fit together without space between.

The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.

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(intransitive) To copulate.
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(intransitive) To pair in order to raise offspring.
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To arrange in matched pairs.
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To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
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To marry; to match (a person).
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To match oneself against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
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To fit (objects) together without space between.
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(aeronautics, space) To move (a space shuttle orbiter) onto the back of an aircraft that can carry it.
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(chess) Short for checkmate.
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(intransitive) To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate.
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Alternative spelling of maté, an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).
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The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea.
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An oval or rounded container or cup, traditionally made from a hollow calabash, in which this tea is prepared and served.
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Origin of mate

  • Middle English from Old French mat checkmated from Arabic māt he has died checkmate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Middle Low German gemate, mate messmate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • American Spanish from Quechua mati calabash container

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Middle Low German mate (“messmate") (replacing Middle English mette from Old English Ä¡emetta (“sharer of food, table-guest")), derived from Proto-Germanic *gamatjô, itself from Proto-Germanic *ga- (“together") (related to German and Dutch ge-) + Proto-Germanic *matjô (from Proto-Germanic *matiz (“food")), related to Old English mete (“food")). More at co-, meat.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English verb maten, Middle French mater, from Old French noun mat (“checkmate"), from Persian شاه مات (šâh mât).

    From Wiktionary

  • See maté

    From Wiktionary