[ meyt ]
/ meɪt /
a partner in marriage; spouse.
one member of a pair of mated animals.
one of a pair: I can't find the mate to this glove.
an associate; fellow worker; comrade; partner (often used in combination): classmate; roommate.
friend; buddy; pal (often used as an informal term of address): Let me give you a hand with that, mate.
- 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.
an aide or helper, as to an artisan; factotum.
a gear, rack, or worm engaging with another gear or worm.
Archaic. an equal in reputation; peer; match.
verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing.
to join as a mate or as mates.
to bring (animals) together for breeding purposes.
to match or marry.
to join, fit, or associate suitably: to mate thought with daring action.
to connect or link: a telephone system mated to a computerized information service.
to treat as comparable.
verb (used without object), mat·ed, mat·ing.
to associate as a mate or as mates.
(of animals) to copulate.
(of animals) to pair for the purpose of breeding.
(of a gear, rack, or worm) to engage with another gear or worm; mesh.
Archaic. to consort; keep company.
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Origin of mate1
1350–1400; Middle English <Middle Low German; replacing Middle English mette,Old English gemetta messmate, guest. See meat
OTHER WORDS FROM matemateless, adjective
Definition for mate (2 of 4)
[ meyt ]
/ meɪt /
noun, verb (used with object), interjection mat·ed, mat·ing,
Origin of mate2
1175–1225; Middle English mat defeated (adj.), defeat (noun) <Old French ≪ Persian; see checkmate
Definition for mate (3 of 4)
[ mah-tey, mat-ey ]
/ ˈmɑ teɪ, ˈmæt eɪ /
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.
Origin of mate3
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)
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British Dictionary definitions for mate (1 of 3)
/ (meɪt) /
the sexual partner of an animal
a marriage partner
- 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
one of a pair of matching items
- short for first mate
- any officer below the master on a commercial ship
- a warrant officer's assistant on a ship
(in some trades) an assistanta plumber's mate
archaic a suitable associate
mate rates Australian slang the reduced rate charged for work done for a friend
to pair (a male and female animal) or (of animals) to pair for reproduction
to marry or join in marriage
(tr) to join as a pair; match
Derived forms of matemateless, 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)
/ (meɪt) /
chess See checkmate
British Dictionary definitions for mate (3 of 3)
/ (ˈmɑːteɪ, ˈmæteɪ) /
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
[ māt ]
Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
To become joined in marriage.
To be paired for reproducing; breed.
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