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amate

transitive verb

Definition of amate

-ed/-ing/-s

archaic

  1. :  to cast down :  dishearten, subdue

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Origin and Etymology of amate

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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amate

transitive verb

Definition of amate

-ed/-ing/-s

obsolete

  1. :  to be a mate to :  match

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Origin and Etymology of amate

a- (perfective prefix) + mate (to couple, match) — more at abear


First Known Use: 1578


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amate

noun ama·te \äˈmätē\

Definition of amate

plural

-s

  1. :  a Central American timber tree (Ficus glabrata) with lustrous foliage and edible fruits

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Origin and Etymology of amate

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


First Known Use: 1862


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