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Mate and similar may refer to:

Chess

  • Short for checkmate, a winning/losing situation in chess

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See also maté, matė, máte, måte, māte, mātē, and Máté

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English, from 14th century Middle Low German mate (messmate), related to Old English 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 mete (food)).

Noun

Singular
mate

Plural
mates

mate (plural mates)

  1. (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. (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. (colloquial, British, Australian, New Zealand) (in combination) a fellow, associate, colleague, or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. classmate, shipmate.
Synonyms
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Verb

Infinitive
to mate

Third person singular
mates

Simple past
mated

Past participle
mated

Present participle
mating

to 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) To fit (objects) together without space between.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations

To copulate

To pair in order to raise offspring

To arrange in matched pairs

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Etymology 2

From Middle English verb maten, Middle French mater, from Old French nounmat 'checkmate', from Arabic (māt)

Noun

Singular
mate

Plural
mates

mate (plural mates)

  1. (chess) Short for Checkmate.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to mate

Third person singular
mates

Simple past
mated

Past participle
mated

Present participle
mating

to 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
Translations
  • Dutch: schaakmat spelen

Etymology 3

Noun

Singular
mate

Plural
mates

mate (plural mates)

  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

Anagrams


Dutch

Etymology

An archaic inflexion of maat (measure), in petrified use in various contexts and expressions.

Noun

mate (plural mates, diminutive maatje, diminutive plural maatjes)

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

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Fijian

Etymology

Common Oceanian; compare Hawaiian make, Indonesian mati, Maori mate.

Noun

mate

  1. Death

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

mate

  1. Feminine of mat, dull.

Verb

mate

  1. Form of mater.

Anagrams


Galician

Verb

mate

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

Maori

Etymology

Common Oceanian; compare Fijian mate, Hawaiian make, Indonesian mati.

Adjective

mate

  1. dead

Noun

mate

  1. Death

Mapudungun

Noun

mate (using Raguileo Alphabet)

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

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Norwegian

Verb

mate (present tense mater; past tense mata/matet; past participle mata/matet; present participle matende; imperative mat)

  1. To feed

Synonyms


Spanish

Noun

mate m. (plural mates)

Singular
mate m.

Plural
mates m.

  1. (chess) Mate, checkmate
  2. The drink maté prepared of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).
  3. A hollow calabash gourd, in which the maté is traditionally served.
  4. (colloquial, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay) A head.

Synonyms

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Verb

mate (infinitive: matar)

  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.

Swahili

Noun

mate

  1. saliva (liquid secreted into the mouth)

This Swahili entry was created from the translations listed at saliva. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see mate in the Swahili Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) July 2009








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