Definition and Meanings for mate
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Part of Speech of mate
noun, adjective, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb
Etymology of mate
Meaning of mate
- 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.
- same as checkmate.
- see 2d mat.
as transitive verb
- to confuse; to confound.
- to checkmate.
- one who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.
- hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.
- a suitable companion; a match; an equal.
- 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.
as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
- to match; to marry.
- to match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
- to breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of breeding; as, she mated a doberman with a german shepherd.
- to join together; to fit together; to connect; to link; as, he mated a saw blade to a broom handle to cut inaccessible branches.
as intransitive verb
- 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.