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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of mate.
  • adj. fitted together or interlocked

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Brought together for sexual activity; bred; -- of animals.
  • adj. Sorted into pairs of identical size, color, or other properties; -- used of gloves, socks, etc.
  • adj. Same as married. Opposite of unmarried.

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

  • adj. mated sexually
  • adj. used of gloves, socks, etc.
  • adj. of or relating to a marriage partner


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