- 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.
- a counterpart.
- 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.
- 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.
- to associate as a mate or as mates.
- (of animals) to copulate.
- (of animals) to pair for the purpose of breeding.
- to marry.
- (of a gear, rack, or worm) to engage with another gear or worm; mesh.
- Archaic. to consort; keep company.
Origin of mate1
Origin of mate2
Related Wordscomrade, acquaintance, buddy, companion, bride, roommate, schoolmate, spouse, coworker, playmate, classmate, colleague, sidekick, concomitant, helper, twin, cohort, intimate, duplicate, assistant
Examples from the Web for mated
Syria mated the nerve agent with Scud missiles acquired from the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s.Assad’s Lethal Arsenal of WMD
August 26, 2011
He was mated with Adolphe, who was inclined to treat him as an inferior.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Laurent found that he was mated to a woman who already had a drowned man for husband.Therese Raquin
Thus Sir Terence, cursing the day when he had mated with a fool.The Snare
In other words, he has made the Adam of Concertos, and you have mated it with the Eve.A Day with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Before April she forgot her trapped friend, and was mated again.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
- 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
- the sexual partner of an animal
- a marriage partner
- informal, mainly British, Australian and NZa 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
- chess See checkmate
Word Origin and History for mated
"checkmate," c.1300, from Old French mater "to checkmate, defeat, overcome," from mat "checkmated" (see checkmate (v.)).
c.1500, "to equal, rival," 1590s as "to match, couple, marry, join in marriage," from mate (n.1). Also, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding." Related: Mated; mating.
in chess, "a condition of checkmate," c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).
"associate, fellow, comrade," mid-14c., also "companion" (late 14c.), from Middle Low German mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion. Cognate with Danish and Swedish mat, German Maat "mate," Dutch maat, from German. Meaning "one of a wedded pair" is attested from 1540s. Used as a form of address by sailors, laborers, etc., since at least mid-15c. Meaning "officer on a merchant vessel is from late 15c.
- 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.
- To become joined in marriage.
- To be paired for reproducing; breed.
- To copulate.