mate

1
[ meyt ]
/ meɪt /

noun

verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing.

verb (used without object), mat·ed, mat·ing.

Origin of mate

1
1350–1400; Middle English <Middle Low German; replacing Middle English mette,Old English gemetta messmate, guest. See meat

OTHER WORDS FROM mate

mateless, adjective

Definition for mate (2 of 4)

mate2
[ meyt ]
/ meɪt /
Chess.

noun, verb (used with object), interjection mat·ed, mat·ing,

Origin of mate

2
1175–1225; Middle English mat defeated (adj.), defeat (noun) <Old French ≪ Persian; see checkmate

Definition for mate (3 of 4)

mate3
[ mah-tey, mat-ey ]
/ ˈmɑ teɪ, ˈmæt eɪ /

noun

a tealike South American beverage made from the dried leaves of an evergreen tree.
a South American tree, Ilex paraguariensis, that is the source of this beverage.
the dried leaves of this tree.
Also called Paraguay tea, yerba mate .

Origin of mate

3
First recorded in 1710–20; from American Spanish, from Quechua mati the calabash gourd in which the herb is steeped

Definition for mate (4 of 4)

Mat.E.

Materials Engineer.
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British Dictionary definitions for mate (1 of 3)

mate1
/ (meɪt) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of mate

mateless, adjective

Word Origin for mate

C14: from Middle Low German; related to Old English gemetta table-guest, from mete meat

British Dictionary definitions for mate (2 of 3)

mate2
/ (meɪt) /

noun, verb

chess See checkmate

British Dictionary definitions for mate (3 of 3)

maté

mate

/ (ˈmɑːteɪ, ˈmæteɪ) /

noun

an evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, cultivated in South America for its leaves, which contain caffeine: family Aquifoliaceae
a stimulating milky beverage made from the dried leaves of this tree
Modern Greek name: Paraguay tea, yerba, yerba maté

Word Origin for maté

C18: from American Spanish (originally referring to the vessel in which the drink was brewed), from Quechua máti gourd
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Medical definitions for mate

mate
[ māt ]

n.

A spouse.
Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.

v.

To become joined in marriage.
To be paired for reproducing; breed.
To copulate.
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