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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English mate, from Middle Low German mate (messmate) (replacing Middle English mette from Old English ġemetta (sharer of food, table-guest)), derived from Proto-Germanic *gamatjô, itself from *ga- (together) (related to German and Dutch ge-) + *matjô (from *matiz (food)), related to Old English mete (food)). From the same Middle Low German source stems German Maat (naval non-commissioned officer). Cognates include Saterland Frisian Moat (friend, buddy, comrade, mate), Dutch maat (mate, partner, colleague, friend). More at ge-, co-, meat.

NounEdit

mate (plural mates)

  1. A fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate.
  2. (especially of a non-human animal) A breeding partner.
  3. (colloquial, Britain, Australia, New Zealand) A friend, usually of the same sex.
    I'm going to the pub with a few mates.
    He's my best mate.
  4. (colloquial, Britain, Australia, New Zealand) a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male
    Excuse me, mate, have you got the time?
  5. (nautical) In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
  6. (nautical) A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship.
  7. (nautical) A first mate.
  8. A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate); sometimes an apprentice.
  9. The other member of a matched pair of objects.
    I found one of the socks I wanted to wear, but I couldn't find its mate.
  10. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
    • Milton
      Ye knew me once no mate / For you; there sitting where you durst not soar.
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VerbEdit

mate (third-person singular simple present mates, present participle mating, simple past and past participle mated)

  1. (intransitive) To match, fit together without space between.
    The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.
  2. (intransitive) To copulate.
  3. (intransitive) To pair in order to raise offspring
  4. (transitive) To arrange in matched pairs.
  5. (transitive) To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  6. (transitive, of an animal) To copulate with.
  7. (transitive) To marry; to match (a person).
    • Shakespeare
      If she be mated with an equal husband.
  8. (transitive) To match oneself against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
    • Francis Bacon
      There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but it mates and masters the fear of death.
    • Shakespeare
      I, [] in the way of loyalty and truth, [] / Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be.
  9. (transitive) To fit (objects) together without space between.
  10. (transitive, aeronautics, space) To move (a space shuttle orbiter) onto the back of an aircraft that can carry it.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English verb maten, Middle French mater, from Old French noun mat (checkmate), from Persian شاه مات (šâh mât).

NounEdit

mate (plural mates)

  1. (chess) Short for checkmate.
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VerbEdit

mate (third-person singular simple present mates, present participle mating, simple past and past participle mated)

  1. (intransitive) To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate
  2. To confuse; to confound.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
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Etymology 3Edit

See maté

NounEdit

mate (plural mates)

  1. Alternative spelling of maté, an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).
  2. The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea

AnagramsEdit


AsturianEdit

VerbEdit

mate

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of matar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of matar

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

A more archaic form of maat (measure), in petrified use in various contexts and expressions. From Middle Dutch mate, from Old Dutch *māta, from Proto-Germanic *mētō.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ma‧te

NounEdit

mate f (plural maten, diminutive maatje n)

  1. A measure, degree: quantity or intensity of something abstract

See alsoEdit

VerbEdit

mate

  1. (archaic) singular past subjunctive of meten

FijianEdit

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GalicianEdit

GothicEdit

RomanizationEdit

matē

  1. Romanization of 𐌼𐌰𐍄𐌴

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

mate

  1. Rōmaji transcription of まて

MaoriEdit

MapudungunEdit

NounEdit

mate (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. The drink maté, prepared of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

mate (imperative mat, present tense mater, passive mates, simple past and past participle mata or matet, present participle matende)

  1. to feed

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PortugueseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Spanish mate, from Quechua mati.

NounEdit

mate m (uncountable)

  1. (South Brazil) maté (Ilex paraguariensis) (a shrub native to southern South America)
    Synonyms: erva mate, erva
  2. (South Brazil) maté (a beverage prepared from the leaves of this plant)
    Synonyms: chimarrão

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

mate

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of matar
    É importante que eu mate seus inimigos.
    It’s important that I kill your enemies.
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of matar
    É importante que ele mate seus inimigos.
    It’s important that he kills your enemies.
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of matar
    Você aí, mate seus inimigos sozinho.
    You there, kill your enemies by yourself.
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of matar
    Você aí, não mate seus inimigos sozinho.
    You there, don’t kill your enemies by yourself.

Rapa NuiEdit

SpanishEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

mate (plural mates)

  1. matte (not reflective of light)
  2. (South America) tan, tanned (skin colour)

NounEdit

mate m (plural mates)

  1. (chess) mate, checkmate
    Synonyms: jaque mate
  2. The drink maté, prepared of yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).
  3. A hollow gourd or cup in which maté is traditionally served.
  4. (colloquial) maths, mathematics (short for matemática or matemáticas)
  5. (colloquial, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay) A head.
  6. (colloquial, El Salvador) A hand gesture.

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

mate

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of matar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of matar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of matar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of matar.

SwahiliEdit

NounEdit

mate (ma class, plural only)

  1. saliva (liquid secreted into the mouth)

TahitianEdit

TonganEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *mate.

NounEdit

mate

  1. death
  2. the dead

AdjectiveEdit

mate

  1. dead