Mate Definition

māt
mated, mates, mating
noun
mates
One of a pair, esp. of a matched pair.
Webster's New World
A chum; buddy; pal.
Webster's New World
Either of a pair of birds or other animals that associate in order to propagate.
American Heritage Medicine
A husband or wife; spouse.
Webster's New World
A companion, comrade, or fellow worker.
Webster's New World
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verb
mated, mates, mating
To become mated.
Webster's New World
To join as a pair; couple.
Webster's New World
To couple in marriage or sexual union.
Webster's New World
To cause (organisms) to breed or bring (organisms) into close proximity for breeding.
American Heritage
To provide with a mate.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Mate

Noun

Singular:
mate
Plural:
mates

Origin of Mate

  • 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

  • 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

  • See maté

    From Wiktionary

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