- first mate.
- any of a number of officers of varying degrees of rank subordinate to the master of a merchant ship.
- an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing.
verb (used without object), mat·ed, mat·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM matemateless, adjective
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Definition for mate (2 of 4)
noun, verb (used with object), interjection mat·ed, mat·ing,
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Example sentences from the Web for mate
The court ruled that presidential contender Howie Hawkins and his running mate, Angela Walker, did not qualify for the ballot because the party did not submit signed filing papers in person, as required by state rules.
We just want to believe that one day we’ll again have the luxury of being annoyed by the ping of an elevator, that one colleague who aggressively punches the keyboard, and even a cubicle mate’s breakfast chomping.People who really miss the office are listening to its sounds at home|Tanya Basu|September 10, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The helpers assist in raising their younger siblings until they can find a territory—and mates—of their own.Blood, death, and eye gouging: welcome to the world of acorn woodpeckers|Kate Baggaley|September 9, 2020|Popular Science
Females, who are more solitary compared to males, chirp to attract mates.How a 19-year-old lion fathered 35 cubs in 18 months|Tom McNamara|August 27, 2020|Popular Science
Unfit organisms are weeded out not just by environmental pressures, but also by the competition for mates, which is replicated on a microscopic level by the competition among sperm to fertilize an egg.Sex Is Driven by the Impetus to Change - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Jill Neimark|August 12, 2020|Nautilus
And then I said, ‘Well, chief, when the admiral comes aboard, the first mate has to pipe him in.’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When they invade new territory, populations are low, and the queen has limited mate options.
Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.
Sure, your cubicle mate, neighbor, and aunt all own a Fitbit or JawBone fitness tracker.
The boy feels rejected and confused, and then hits on a Christmas morning solution, delivering a penguin mate for his penguin.How Monty The Penguin Won Christmas: Britain’s Epic, Emotional Commercials|Tim Teeman|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he returned to the hotel he kissed his incongruous room-mate with the gentleness of a woman.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
A ghostly mate would be no very pleasant bridegroom for a young lady.
He laughed at her, and told her that he had abandoned the modern method of winning a mate, and gone back to the primitive mode.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Her husband always called her the Bo'sun's Mate in Camp, because it was her duty, among others, to pipe all hands to meals.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
Once more I began to realize that I was human, and to cast about for the mate that must surely be roaming in search of me.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for mate (1 of 3)
- informal, mainly British, Australian and NZ a friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
- (in combination) an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etca classmate; a flatmate
- short for first mate
- any officer below the master on a commercial ship
- a warrant officer's assistant on a ship