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mate

Noun

1 the officer below the master on a commercial ship [syn: first mate]
2 a fellow member of a team; "it was his first start against his former teammates" [syn: teammate]
3 the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner); "he loved the mare and all her mates"; "camels hate leaving their mates"
4 a person's partner in marriage [syn: spouse, partner, married person, better half]
5 an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook" [syn: match]
6 South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea [syn: Paraguay tea, Ilex paraguariensis]
7 informal term for a friend of the same sex
8 South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
9 a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king [syn: checkmate]

Verb

1 make love; "Birds mate in the Spring" [syn: copulate, pair, couple]
2 bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project" [syn: match, couple, pair, twin]
3 place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves" [syn: checkmate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A sexual partner, especially of a breeding animal.
  2. 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.
  3. A ship's officer, subordinate to the captain.
  4. A technical assistant (gasfitter's mate).
  5. Checkmate.
  6. In the context of "colloquial|UK|Australian": A friend; a friendly term of address to a stranger.
  7. A drink prepared of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).

Translations

Verb

Intransitive:
  1. To fit together without space between. (The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.)
  2. To copulate.
  3. To pair in order to raise offspring
Transitive:
  1. To arrange in matched pairs.
  2. To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  3. To fit (objects) together without space between.
  4. To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate

Translations

Anagrams

Dutch

Etymology

an archaic inflexion of maat 'measure', in petrified use in various contexts and expressions

Noun

  1. measure, degree: quantity or intensity of something abstract

Derived terms

see maat

Fijian

Etymology

Common Oceanian; compare Hawaiian make, Indonesian mati, Maori mate

Noun

mate

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

mate
  1. feminine of mat, dull

Verb

  1. Form of mater

Maori

Etymology

Common Oceanian; compare Fijian mate, Hawaiian make, Indonesian mati

Adjective

mate

Noun

mate

Norwegian

Verb

  1. to feed

Synonyms

Spanish

Noun

  1. mate, checkmate
  2. mate a drink prepared of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).
  3. hollow calabash gourd in which the mate is served.
  4. In the context of "lang=es|colloquial|Chile|Paraguay|Uruguay": head.

Synonyms

Verb form

mate
  1. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of matar
  2. third-person singular imperative of matar

Extensive Definition

Mate may refer to:
It may also refer to:
Chess:
Cuisine:
Naval uses:
Politics:
Other fields:

See also

mate in German: Mate (Begriffsklärung)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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