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Meaning & Definition of Mate in English

English

Mate

/met/

noun

1. The officer below the master on a commercial ship

    synonym:
  • mate
  • ,
  • first mate

2. A fellow member of a team

  • "It was his first start against his former teammates"
    synonym:
  • teammate
  • ,
  • mate

3. The partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)

  • "He loved the mare and all her mates"
  • "Camels hate leaving their mates"
    synonym:
  • mate

4. A person's partner in marriage

    synonym:
  • spouse
  • ,
  • partner
  • ,
  • married person
  • ,
  • mate
  • ,
  • better half

5. An exact duplicate

  • "When a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
    synonym:
  • match
  • ,
  • mate

6. One of a pair

  • "He lost the mate to his shoe"
  • "One eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
    synonym:
  • mate
  • ,
  • fellow

7. South american holly

  • Leaves used in making a drink like tea
    synonym:
  • mate
  • ,
  • Paraguay tea
  • ,
  • Ilex paraguariensis

8. Informal term for a friend of the same sex

    synonym:
  • mate

9. South american tea-like drink made from leaves of a south american holly called mate

    synonym:
  • mate

10. A chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

    synonym:
  • checkmate
  • ,
  • mate

verb

1. Engage in sexual intercourse

  • "Birds mate in the spring"
    synonym:
  • copulate
  • ,
  • mate
  • ,
  • pair
  • ,
  • couple

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • match
  • ,
  • mate
  • ,
  • couple
  • ,
  • pair
  • ,
  • twin

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • checkmate
  • ,
  • mate