Definitions for mateˈmɑ teɪ, ˈmæt eɪ, mɑˈteɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
matemeɪt(n.; v.)mat•ed, mat•ing.
(n.)a husband or wife; spouse.
one member of a pair of mated animals.
one of a pair:
a mate of a glove.
an associate or companion.
an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
Ref: first mate.
an aide, as to a skilled worker.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Archaic. peer; match.
(v.t.)to join as mates.
to bring (animals) together for breeding.
to join or associate suitably; couple.
Category: Common Vocabulary
to treat as comparable.
(v.i.)to become mated.
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
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.
a South American holly tree
the dried leaves of this tree.
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
mate, first mate(noun)
the officer below the master on a commercial ship
a fellow member of a team
"it was his first start against his former teammates"
the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)
"he loved the mare and all her mates"; "camels hate leaving their mates"
spouse, partner, married person, mate, better half(noun)
a person's partner in marriage
an exact duplicate
"when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
one of a pair
"he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
mate, Paraguay tea, Ilex paraguariensis(noun)
South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
informal term for a friend of the same sex
South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
copulate, mate, pair, couple(verb)
engage in sexual intercourse
"Birds mate in the Spring"
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"
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
an animal's or person's sexual partner
time for the ostrich to choose a mate
Thanks, mate!; Jimmy and his mates
(of an animal) to have sex with another animal
the time of year when lions mate
, an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba matu00E9 (Ilex paraguariensis).
The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea
Origin: From verb maten, mater, from noun mat, from (māt)
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
same as Checkmate
see 2d Mat
to confuse; to confound
one who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object
hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young
a suitable companion; a match; an equal
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
to match; to marry
to match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with
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
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.
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.
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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.
- زَوْج للتزاوُجArabic
- животно от чифтBulgarian
- parPortuguese (BR)
- sameček, samičkaCzech
- das Männchen/WeibchenGerman
- ταίρι (για ζώο)Greek
- pareja; macho, hembraSpanish
- בֵּן זוּגHebrew
- (한 쌍의 동물의) 한 짝Korean
- patinas, patelėLithuanian
- tēviņš; mātīteLatvian
- towarzysz, partnerPolish
- دوه ګونىPashto
- mascul, femelăRomanian
- самец; самкаRussian
- samček, samičkaSlovak
- make, maka, partnerSwedish
- คู่ผสมพันธุ์ (สัตว์)Thai
- eş; dişi/erkekTurkish
- (動物)配偶Chinese (Trad.)
- самець; самицяUkrainian
- پرندوں کے جوڑے میں سے ایکUrdu
- bạn tìnhVietnamese
- （动物）配偶Chinese (Simp.)
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