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mate

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verb \ ˈmāt \

Definition of mate

mated; mating
transitive verb

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Origin and Etymology of mate

Middle English, from Anglo-French mater, from mat, noun, checkmate, ultimately from Arabic māt (in shāh māt)


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mate

noun

Definition of mate

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First Known Use of mate

14th century


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mate

noun

Definition of mate

1 a (1) :associate, companion
(2) chiefly British :an assistant to a more skilled worker :helper
(3) chiefly British :friend, buddy often used as a familiar form of address
b archaic :match, peer
2 :a deck officer on a merchant ship ranking below the captain
3 :one of a pair: such as
a :either member of a couple and especially a married couple
b :either member of a breeding pair of animals
c :either of two matched objects

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Origin and Etymology of mate

Middle English, probably from Middle Low German māt; akin to Old English gemetta guest at one's table, mete food — more at meat

Other Genetics Terms


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mate

verb

Definition of mate

mated; mating
transitive verb
1 archaic :equal, match
2 :to join or fit together :couple
3 a :to join together as mates
b :to provide a mate for
intransitive verb
1 :to become mated
  • gears that mate well

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First Known Use of mate

1509


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maté

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noun ma·té \ ˈmä-ˌtā \
variants: or mate

Definition of maté

1 :a tealike beverage drunk especially in South America
2 :a South American shrub or tree (Ilex paraguariensis) of the holly family whose leaves and shoots are used in making maté; also :these leaves and shoots

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Origin and Etymology of maté

French & American Spanish; French maté, from American Spanish mate maté, vessel for drinking it, from Quechua mati vessel



MATE Defined for Kids

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mate

play
noun \ ˈmāt \

Definition of mate for Students

2 chiefly British :1chum, friend Hint: British speakers often use mate as a familiar form of address.
  • Good night, mate!
3 :either member of a breeding pair of animals
4 :an officer on a ship used to carry passengers or freight who ranks below the captain
5 :either member of a married couple
6 :either of two objects that go together
  • I lost the mate to this glove.

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mate

verb

Definition of mate for Students

mated; mating
1 :to join as married partners
2 :to come or bring together for breeding
  • These birds mate for life.

Medical Dictionary

mate

verb

medical Definition of mate

mated; mating
transitive verb
:to pair or join for breeding
intransitive verb

maté

noun ma·té
variants: or mate \ˈmä-ˌtā\

medical Definition of maté

1 :an aromatic beverage used chiefly in South America and especially in Paraguay that has stimulant properties like those of coffee
2 :a South American holly (Ilex paraguayensis) whose leaves and shoots are used in making maté; also :these leaves and shoots


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