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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

Yes, it was love at first sight. I feel that after all these years, I have finally found my soul mate.
Barbara Hershey

I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.
Steve Irwin

My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They're there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I'm definitely not a single parent.
Jill Scott

I believe everyone has a soul mate that they can spend the rest of their life together.
Ryan Lochte

Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. Yet both have been hounded, harassed and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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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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