WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
mate1 /meɪt/USA pronunciation
n., v., mat•ed, mat•ing.
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).
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.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mate /meɪt/ n
- the sexual partner of an animal
- a marriage partner
- informal chiefly Brit Austral NZ a friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
- (in combination) an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etc: a classmate, a flatmate
- one of a pair of matching items
- any officer below the master on a commercial ship
- (in some trades) an assistant: a plumber's mate
Etymology: 14th Century: from Middle Low German; related to Old English gemetta table-guest, from mete meat
- to pair (a male and female animal) or (of animals) to pair for reproduction
- to marry or join in marriage
- (transitive) to join as a pair; match
mate /meɪt/ n , vb
- See checkmate
maté, mate /ˈmɑːteɪ; ˈmæteɪ/ n
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
- an evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, cultivated in South America for its leaves, which contain caffeine: family Aquifoliaceae
- a stimulating milky beverage made from the dried leaves of this tree
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