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transitive verb (1)

: to cast down : dishearten, subdue


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transitive verb (2)

: to be a mate to : match


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plural -s
: a Central American timber tree (Ficus glabrata) with lustrous foliage and edible fruits

Word History


Transitive verb (1)

Middle English amaten, from Middle French amatir, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + matir to overcome, from mat defeated, overcome

Transitive verb (2)

a- (perfective prefix) + mate (to couple, match)


Spanish, from Nahuatl amatl, short for amacuahuitl, literally, paper tree, from amatl paper + cuahuitl tree

First Known Use

Transitive Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Transitive Verb (2)

1578, in the meaning defined above


1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amate was in the 14th century

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“Amate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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