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Mate

Mate

WordNet



noun


(1)   A chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
(2)   An exact duplicate
"When a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
(3)   South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
(4)   The officer below the master on a commercial ship
(5)   Informal term for a friend of the same sex
(6)   The partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)
"He loved the mare and all her mates"
"Camels hate leaving their mates"
(7)   A person's partner in marriage
(8)   A fellow member of a team
"It was his first start against his former teammates"
(9)   South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea

verb


(10)   Place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
"Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"
(11)   Bring two objects, ideas, or people together
"This fact is coupled to the other one"
"Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"
"The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
(12)   Make love
"Birds mate in the Spring"
Wiktonary



Etymology 1


From , from 14th century , related to Old English , derived from , itself from Proto-Germanicga- "together" (related to German and Dutch ge-) +

Etymology 1


From {{etyl|ang}}, from 14th century {{etyl|gml}} {{term|mate#Middle_Low_German|mate|messmate}}, related to Old English {{term|gemetta||table-guest}}, derived from {{proto|Germanic|ga-maton}}, itself from Proto-Germanicga- "together" (related to German and Dutch ge-) +

Etymology 1


From {{etyl|ang}}, from 14th century {{etyl|gml}} {{term|mate#Middle_Low_German|mate|messmate}}, related to Old English {{term|gemetta||table-guest}}, derived from {{proto|Germanic|ga-maton}}, itself from Proto-Germanicga- "together" (related to German and Dutch ge-) + {{proto|Germanic maton (from matiz "food", related to Old English {{term|mete||food|lang=ang}}).

Noun


{{en-noun}}
  1. {{context|especially of a breeding animal}} A sexual partner.
  2. 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.
  3. {{nautical}} A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship. In naval ranks, a mate may also be, or be subordinate to, a particular non-commissioned officer (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
  4. {{nautical}} Short for first mate.
  5. A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate); sometimes an apprentice.
  6. {{context|colloquial|British|Australian|New Zealand}} A friend, colleague etc.; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually of the same sex. Often used in direct address to any male.
  7. {{context|colloquial|British|Australian|New Zealand}} (in combination) a fellow, associate, colleague, or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. classmate, shipmate.

Verb


{{en-verb|mates|mating|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}} To fit (objects) together without space between.

Etymology 2


From {{etyl|enm}} verb maten, {{etyl|frm}} mater, from {{etyl|fro}} nounmat 'checkmate', from Arabic (māt)

Verb


{{en-verb|mates|mating|mated}}
  1. {{intransitive}} To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate

Noun


{{en-noun}}
  1. {{nonstandard}} {{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

Etymology


An archaic inflexion of {{term|maat||measure|lang=nl}}, in petrified use in various contexts and expressions.

Noun


{{nl-noun|mates|maatje}}
  1. A measure, degree: quantity or intensity of something abstract

Etymology


Common Oceanian; compare Hawaiian {{term|make}}, Indonesian {{term|mati}}, Maori mate.