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mate

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verb \ˈmāt\

Definition of mate

mated

mating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  checkmate 2

Origin and Etymology of mate

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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mate

noun

Definition of mate

  1. :  checkmate 1

14th Century

First Known Use of mate

14th century


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mate

noun

Definition of mate

  1. 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. 2 :  a deck officer on a merchant ship ranking below the captain

  3. 3 :  one of a pair: 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

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


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Genetics Terms


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mate

verb

Definition of mate

mated

mating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  equal, match

  3. 2 :  to join or fit together :  couple

  4. 3 a :  to join together as mates b :  to provide a mate for

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become mated <gears that mate well>

  7. 2 :  copulate

1509

First Known Use of mate

1509


maté

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noun ma·té \ˈmä-ˌtā\

Definition of maté

  1. 1 :  a tealike beverage drunk especially in South America

  2. 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

Variants of maté

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mate

Origin and Etymology of maté

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


First Known Use: 1758



MATE Defined for Kids

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mate

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noun \ˈmāt\

Definition of mate for Students

  1. 1 :  companion 1, comrade

  2. 2 chiefly British :  1chum, friend Hint: British speakers often use mate as a familiar form of address. <Good night, mate!>

  3. 3 :  either member of a breeding pair of animals

  4. 4 :  an officer on a ship used to carry passengers or freight who ranks below the captain

  5. 5 :  either member of a married couple

  6. 6 :  either of two objects that go together <I lost the mate to this glove.>


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mate

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verb

Definition of mate for Students

mated

mating

  1. 1 :  to join as married partners

  2. 2 :  to come or bring together for breeding <These birds mate for life.>


Medical Dictionary

mate

verb

Medical Definition of mate

mated

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mating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to pair or join for breeding

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  copulate



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