- 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.
Origin of mate1
noun, verb (used with object), mat·ed, mat·ing, interjection
Origin of mate2
Related Words for matingland, join, copulate, couple, wed, serve, procreate, merge, yoke, pair, tie, generate, match, cohabit, crossbreed
Examples from the Web for mating
Contemporary Examples of mating
When it comes to mating, the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) likes to keep things in the family.
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.
Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.
Given that their mating sessions can last up to 70 hours, their bedroom—well, cave—performances seem pretty darn impressive.Not So Fast on the ‘Female Penis’
April 20, 2014
I think it was more about sexual mores, mating and dating rituals in the city, cultural anthropology.Candace Bushnell Defends ‘The Carrie Diaries’
March 25, 2013
Historical Examples of mating
Does it not throw some doubts upon your own psychic fitness for mating at all?City of Endless Night
No longer do they withhold knowledge of love, mating, and the renewal of life.
Mating seasons and habits shed some light on the natural aspect.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Besides, I don't believe in mating people like cattle or slaves.Mother America
That might be lost to her; but even so, she could not decline from its dear memory to a mating like this.Judith of the Cumberlands
Word Origin for maté
- 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
- short for first mate
- any officer below the master on a commercial ship
- a warrant officer's assistant on a ship
Word Origin for mate
"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.