- 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 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
- 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
Word Origin for maté
- 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
Word Origin for mate
- chess See checkmate
"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.
- The pairing of a male and a female for the purpose of reproduction.
- 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.