Definitions for mateˈmɑ teɪ, ˈmæt eɪ, mɑˈteɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

matemeɪt(n.; v.)mat•ed, mat•ing.

  1. (n.)a husband or wife; spouse.

  2. one member of a pair of mated animals.

  3. one of a pair:

    a mate of a glove.

  4. Ref: counterpart.

  5. an associate or companion.

  6. an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.

    Category: Nautical

    Ref: first mate.

  7. an aide, as to a skilled worker.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. Archaic. peer; match.

  9. (v.t.)to join as mates.

  10. to bring (animals) together for breeding.

  11. to join or associate suitably; couple.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. to treat as comparable.

  13. (v.i.)to become mated.

  14. to copulate.

  15. to marry.

Origin of mate:

1350–1400; ME < MLG; r. ME mette, OE gemetta messmate, guest; akin to meat


matemeɪt(n.; v.t.; interj.)mat•ed, mat•ing

  1. Category: Checkers and Chess

    Ref: checkmate (defs. 1, 3, 5). 1 3 5

Origin of mate:

1175–1225; ME mat defeated (adj.), defeat (n.) < OF 蠐 Pers

ma•téˈmɑ teɪ, ˈmæt eɪ, mɑˈteɪ(n.)(pl.)-tés or -tes.

or ma•te

  1. a South American holly tree

    Ilex paraguariensis.

    Category: Plants

  2. the dried leaves of this tree.

    Category: Plants

  3. a tealike South American beverage made from these leaves.

    Category: Plants, Cooking

    Ref: Also called yerba maté.

Origin of maté:

1710–20; < AmerSp mate, orig. the vessel in which the herb is steeped < Quechua mati

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mate, first mate(noun)

    the officer below the master on a commercial ship

  2. teammate, mate(noun)

    a fellow member of a team

    "it was his first start against his former teammates"

  3. mate(noun)

    the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)

    "he loved the mare and all her mates"; "camels hate leaving their mates"

  4. spouse, partner, married person, mate, better half(noun)

    a person's partner in marriage

  5. match, mate(noun)

    an exact duplicate

    "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"

  6. mate, fellow(noun)

    one of a pair

    "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"

  7. mate, Paraguay tea, Ilex paraguariensis(noun)

    South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea

  8. mate(noun)

    informal term for a friend of the same sex

  9. mate(noun)

    South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate

  10. checkmate, mate(verb)

    a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

  11. copulate, mate, pair, couple(verb)

    engage in sexual intercourse

    "Birds mate in the Spring"

  12. match, mate, couple, pair, twin(verb)

    bring two objects, ideas, or people together

    "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

  13. checkmate, mate(verb)

    place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

    "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mate(noun)ɪt

    an animal's or person's sexual partner

    time for the ostrich to choose a mate

  2. mateɪt

    a friend

    Thanks, mate!; Jimmy and his mates

  3. mate(verb)ɪt

    (of an animal) to have sex with another animal

    the time of year when lions mate


  1. mate(Noun)

    , an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba matu00E9 (Ilex paraguariensis).

  2. mate(Noun)

    The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea

  3. Origin: From verb maten, mater, from noun mat, from (māt)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mate(noun)

    the Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America

  2. Mate(noun)

    same as Checkmate

  3. Mate(adj)

    see 2d Mat

  4. Mate(verb)

    to confuse; to confound

  5. Mate(verb)

    to checkmate

  6. Mate(noun)

    one who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object

  7. Mate(noun)

    hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young

  8. Mate(noun)

    a suitable companion; a match; an equal

  9. Mate(noun)

    an officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate

  10. Mate(verb)

    to match; to marry

  11. Mate(verb)

    to match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with

  12. Mate(verb)

    to be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one


  1. Mate

    Mate, also known as chimarrão or cimarrón, is a traditional South American infused drink, particularly in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and the southern states of Brazil and to a lesser degree in south of Chile, the Bolivian Chaco, Syria and Lebanon. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water. Mate is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a bombilla in some Latin American countries, a bomba in Portuguese, and a bombija or, more generally, a masassa in Arabic. The straw is traditionally made of silver. Modern, commercially available straws are typically made of nickel silver, called Alpaca; stainless steel, or hollow-stemmed cane. The gourd is known as a mate or a guampa; while in Brazil, it has the specific name of cuia, or also cabaça. Even if the water is supplied from a modern thermos, the infusion is traditionally drunk from mates or cuias.

Editors Contribution

  1. mate

    two living species of opposite sex together by a union or marriage for the purpose of forming a family and through sexual intercourse maintaining its species in evolution.

    adam and eve

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1491

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mate' in Nouns Frequency: #1597

Anagrams of mate

  1. meta, Meta

  2. tame

  3. team

  4. meat

Translations for mate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an animal etc with which another is paired for breeding

Some birds sing in order to attract a mate.

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