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Definition of Mate


  1. The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America.
  2. Same as Checkmate.
  3. See 2d Mat.
  4. To confuse; to confound.
  5. To checkmate.
  6. One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.
  7. Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.
  8. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
  9. An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate.
  10. To match; to marry.
  11. To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
  12. To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one.

Mate Quotations

Every girl on TV, in real life, sure you want to meet that soul mate and fall in love and have the big thing, but until that happens, you gotta kiss a lot of frogs.
Laura Prepon

Nobody until very recently would have thought that their husband was supposed to be their best friend, confidante, intellectual soul mate, co-parent, inspiration.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I used to believe in one true soul mate, but not anymore. I believe you can have a few.
Paul Walker

No matter what your laundry list of requirements in choosing a mate, there has to be an element of good luck and good fortune and good timing.
Patty Duke
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Mate Translations

mate in Danish is parre sig
mate in Dutch is paren
mate in French is appareiller
mate in German is Partner, verbinden, schachmatt
mate in Italian is accoppiare
mate in Swedish is para, styrman, kompis
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