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See also maté, matė, máte, måte, māte, mātē, and Máté

English

Etymology

From 14th Century Middle Low German ('mate', 'messmate'), related to Old English gemetta 'table-guest', derived from Common Germanic *ga-maton, *ga- (together, related to German and Dutch ge-), *maton, from *matiz (food), related to Old English mete 'food'.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
mate

Plural
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  1. A sexual partner, especially of a breeding animal.
  2. The other member of a matched pair of objects.
    I found one of the socks I wanted to wear, but I couldn't find its mate.
  3. (nautical) A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship. In naval ranks, a mate may also be, or be subordinate to, a particular non-commissioned officer (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
  4. (nautical) Short for first mate.
  5. A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate).
  6. (chess) Short for Checkmate.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A friend; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually of the same sex. Often used in direct address to any male.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (in combination) a fellow, associate, colleague, or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. classmate, shipmate, teammate, workmate.
  9. (nonstandard) Alternative spelling of maté., a drink prepared of yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to mate

Third person singular
mates

Simple past
mated

Past participle
-

Present participle
mating

to mate (third-person singular simple present mates, present participle mating, simple past and past participle mated)Intransitive:
  1. To fit together without space between. (The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.)
  2. To copulate.
  3. To pair in order to raise offspring

Transitive:

  1. To arrange in matched pairs.
  2. To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  3. To fit (objects) together without space between.
  4. To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate

Translations

  • Korean: 맞다 (majda, mat-), (causative) 맞추다 (majchuda, mat-) (for fitting); 짝짓다 (jjagjisda, jjakjitda) (for breeding)

Anagrams


Dutch

Etymology

An archaic inflexion of maat 'measure', in petrified use in various contexts and expressions.

Noun

mate (plural mates, diminutive maatje)

  1. measure, degree: quantity or intensity of something abstract

See also


Fijian

Etymology

Common Oceanian; compare Hawaiian make, Indonesian mati, Maori mate

Noun

mate

  1. death

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

mate

  1. feminine of mat, dull

Verb

mate

  1. Form of mater

Galician

Verb

mate

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of matar.
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of matar.

Maori

Etymology

Common Oceanian; compare Fijian mate, Hawaiian make, Indonesian mati

Adjective

mate

  1. dead

Noun

mate

  1. death

Norwegian

Verb

mate (present tense mater; past tense mata/matet; past participle mata/matet; present participle matende; imperative mat)

  1. to feed

Synonyms


Spanish

Noun

mate m. (plural mates)

Singular
mate m.

Plural
mates m.

  1. mate, checkmate (chess)
  2. mate a drink prepared of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).
  3. hollow calabash gourd in which the mate is served.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) head.

Synonyms

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Verb form

mate

  1. first-, third-person singular subjunctive present of matar
  2. third-person singular imperative of matar

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