mate for life

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mate for life

: to form pairs and stay together throughout life
  • birds that mate for life

Word by Word Definitions

mate play
  1. : checkmate

  1. : checkmate

  1. : associate, companion

  2. : an assistant to a more skilled worker : helper

  3. : friend, buddy

  1. : equal, match

  2. : to join or fit together : couple

  3. : to join together as mates

  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

life play
  1. : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

  2. : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

  3. : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model


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