See more synonyms on Thesaurus.comverb (used with object), a·mat·ed, a·mat·ing. Archaic.
- to dismay; daunt.
Origin of amate1
1275–1325; Middle Englishverb (used with object), a·mat·ed, a·mat·ing. Obsolete.
< Middle French amatir,
equivalent to a- a-5
to subdue, derivative of mat
subdued, dull. See mat3
- to be a mate to.
Origin of amate2
First recorded in 1590–1600; a-1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018