mate: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (māt), [key]
— n., v., mat•ed, mat•ing.
  1. husband or wife; spouse.
  2. one member of a pair of mated animals.
  3. one of a pair: I can't find the mate to this glove.
  4. a counterpart.
  5. an associate; fellow worker; comrade; partner (often used in combination): classmate; roommate.
  6. friend; buddy; pal (often used as an informal term of address): Let me give you a hand with that, mate.
    1. Seefirst mate.
    2. any of a number of officers of varying degrees of rank subordinate to the master of a merchant ship.
    3. an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
  7. an aide or helper, as to an artisan; factotum.
  8. a gear, rack, or worm engaging with another gear or worm.
  9. an equal in reputation; peer; match.
  1. to join as a mate or as mates.
  2. to bring (animals) together for breeding purposes.
  3. to match or marry.
  4. to join, fit, or associate suitably: to mate thought with daring action.
  5. to connect or link: a telephone system mated to a computerized information service.
  6. to treat as comparable.
  1. to associate as a mate or as mates.
  2. (of animals) to copulate.
  3. (of animals) to pair for the purpose of breeding.
  4. to marry.
  5. (of a gear, rack, or worm) to engage with another gear or worm; mesh.
  6. to consort; keep company.


Pronunciation: (māt), [key]
— interj. mat•ed, mat•ing,
  1. checkmate (defs. 1, 3, 5).


Pronunciation: (mä'tā, mat'ā), [key]
— n.
  1. maté.


Pronunciation: (mä'tā, mat'ā, mä-tā'), [key]
— n.
  1. a tealike South American beverage made from the dried leaves of an evergreen tree.
  2. a South American tree, Ilex paraguariensis, that is the source of this beverage.
  3. the dried leaves of this tree. Also called


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Materials Engineer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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