WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
mate1 /meɪt/USA pronunciation n., v., mat•ed, mat•ing.
n. [countable] a husband or wife;
a sexual partner of an animal:studying how baboons and their mates interact. one of a pair:a mate of a glove. [Chiefly Brit.]friend; buddy;
chum (often used as a friendly term of address):Well, mate, let's get going.
a rank below a ship's captain:the first mate. This word is used after a root or word with the meaning "a person who shares'':an office-mate (= someone sharing an office); a roommate (= someone sharing a room).
v.  to (cause to) have sexual relations in order to breed, as animals: [no object]Those animals mate in the fall.[+ object]Researchers tried to mate the female with the male. mat•ing,adj. [before a noun]the mating season, when animals display their courtship behavior.

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mate /meɪt/ n
  1. the sexual partner of an animal
  2. a marriage partner
  3. informal chiefly Brit Austral NZ a friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
  4. (in combination) an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etc: a classmate, a flatmate
  5. one of a pair of matching items
  6. any officer below the master on a commercial ship
  7. (in some trades) an assistant: a plumber's mate
  1. to pair (a male and female animal) or (of animals) to pair for reproduction
  2. to marry or join in marriage
  3. (transitive) to join as a pair; match
Etymology: 14th Century: from Middle Low German; related to Old English gemetta table-guest, from mete meat
mate /meɪt/ n , vb
  1. See checkmate

maté, mate /ˈmɑːteɪ; ˈmæteɪ/ n
  1. an evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, cultivated in South America for its leaves, which contain caffeine: family Aquifoliaceae
  2. a stimulating milky beverage made from the dried leaves of this tree

Modern Greek name: Paraguay tea, yerba, yerba maté Etymology: 18th Century: from American Spanish (originally referring to the vessel in which the drink was brewed), from Quechua máti gourd

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