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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of a matched pair: the mate to this glove.
  • n. A spouse.
  • n. Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
  • n. Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
  • n. A person with whom one is in close association; an associate.
  • n. Chiefly British A good friend or companion.
  • n. A person with whom one shares living quarters. Often used in combination: advertised for a new flatmate.
  • n. A deck officer on a merchant ship ranking next below the master.
  • n. A U.S. Navy petty officer who is an assistant to a warrant officer.
  • transitive v. To join closely; pair.
  • transitive v. To unite in marriage.
  • transitive v. To pair (animals) for breeding.
  • intransitive v. To become joined in marriage.
  • intransitive v. To be paired for reproducing; breed.
  • intransitive v. To copulate.
  • n. A checkmate.
  • transitive v. To checkmate or achieve a checkmate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate
  • n. a breeding partner
  • n. a friend, usually of the same sex
  • n. a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male
  • n. In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
  • n. Short for first mate.
  • n. A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate); sometimes an apprentice.
  • n. The other member of a matched pair of objects.
  • n. A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship.
  • v. To match, fit together without space between.
  • v. To copulate.
  • v. To pair in order to raise offspring
  • v. To arrange in matched pairs.
  • v. To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  • v. To fit (objects) together without space between.
  • n. Short for checkmate.
  • v. To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate
  • n. Nonstandard spelling of maté, an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).
  • n. The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See 2d mat.
  • n. The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America.
  • n. Same as checkmate.
  • n. One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.
  • n. Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.
  • n. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
  • n. An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant
  • intransitive v. To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship
  • transitive v. To confuse; to confound.
  • transitive v. To checkmate.
  • transitive v. To match; to marry.
  • transitive v. To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
  • transitive v. To breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  • transitive v. To join together; to fit together; to connect; to link

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To join or match as a mate or as mates, as in marriage or other union.
  • To match one's self with or against; vie or cope with.
  • To be joined in companionship; form a union; pair: as, to mate with one's like; birds mate in spring.
  • Enfeebled; fatigued; spent.
  • Confounded; daunted; dismayed; dejected; cast down.
  • Overthrown; fallen; slain.
  • To defeat; daunt; confound; stupefy.
  • To be confounded.
  • To checkmate.
  • In logging, to place together in a raft (logs of similar size); match.
  • n. A familiar associate or companion; one who is associated with another or others in habitual intercourse or action; a fellow; a comrade: often used as the second element in a compound, as in playmate, schoolmate, shipmate.
  • n. An equal; a match.
  • n. One of a pair; one who or that which corresponds to or is joined with another in a pair; one of a pair of mated persons or animals, male and female, or of matched things; one of two fellows: as, a conjugal mate or partner; these shoes are not mates.
  • n. A ship's officer whose duty it is to oversee the execution of the orders of the master or commander, or of his immediate superior.
  • n. In the United States navy, an officer of the line not in the line of promotion.
  • n. In chess, the state of the king when he is in check and cannot move out of it, the player whose king is so placed losing the game.
  • n. A species of holly, Ilex Paraguayensis; also, its prepared leaves, or the tea-like beverage made from them.
  • n. In geometry, the element that is paired with a given element in a correlation.
  • n. Same as congonha.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
  • v. place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
  • n. a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
  • n. informal term for a friend of the same sex
  • v. engage in sexual intercourse
  • n. the officer below the master on a commercial ship
  • n. South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
  • n. an exact duplicate
  • n. a person's partner in marriage
  • n. the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)
  • n. one of a pair
  • v. bring two objects, ideas, or people together
  • n. a fellow member of a team

Etymologies

Middle English, from Middle Low German gemate, mate, messmate.
Middle English, from Old French mat, checkmated, from Arabic māt, he has died; see checkmate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Middle Low German mate ("messmate") (replacing Middle English mette from Old English ġemetta ("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. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English verb maten, Middle French mater, from Old French noun mat ("checkmate"), from Persian شاه مات (šâh mât). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He is also, ex-officio, the wit of the crew; for the captain does not condescend to joke with the men, and the second mate no one cares for; so that when “the mate” thinks fit to entertain “the people” with a coarse joke or a little practical wit, every one feels bound to laugh.

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  • A bushman may have many mates in his roving, but there is always one his mate, "my mate;" and it is common to hear a bushman, who is, in every way, a true mate to the man he happens to be travelling with, speak of _his mate's mate_ -- "Jack's mate" -- who might be in Klondyke or South Africa.

    Children of the Bush

  • The R&B star gives propes to his label mate Kanye West ...

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  • Charles moved to Imperial Records in 1958; his label mate Domino registered a No. 6 pop single with "Walking to New Orleans" two years later.

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  • He also speaks on his label mate Nicki Minaj and how she impresses him with her witty verses.

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  • He also speaks on his label mate Nicki Minaj defpenradio718. com 24 minutes ago - Drake speaks to HipHollywood about his debut album Thank Me Later.

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  • I'll not be so absurd as to say that the mate is afraid of those gangsters.

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  • Yerba mate is a stimulant that appears to slow gastrointestinal transit time, leading to a persistent sense of fullness and decreased food intake, as well as having caffeine-like inhibitory affects on appetite.

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  • Well, as long as my mate is a changeling, I don't care what I am.

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  • The search for a mate is a quest for an understanding soul clothed in a body beautiful, but unlike our own.

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  • I'm very wary of uppercase beverages.

    August 16, 2008


  • As far as my Buenos Aires list is concerned, this refers to a bitter, tea-like drink, popular in Argentina and some provinces of Brazil.

    The link below shows exceptionally rare documentary evidence of the endangered Irish silver fox photographed while sampling MATE for the very first time

    el zorrito de plata probando MATE por primera vez

    August 16, 2008