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Webster 1913 Edition


Mate


Ma′te

(mä′tā̍)
,
Noun.
[Sp.]
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.

Mate

(māt)
,
Noun.
[F.
mat
, abbrev. fr. échec et
mat
. See
Checkmate
.]
(Chess)
Same as
Checkmate
.

Mate

,
Adj.
See 2d
Mat
.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Mate

,
Verb.
T.
[F.
mater
to fatigue, enfeeble, humiliate, checkmate. See
Mate
checkmate.]
1.
To confuse; to confound.
[Obs.]
Shak.
2.
To checkmate.

Mate

,
Noun.
[Perhaps for older
make
a companion; cf. also OD.
maet
companion, mate, D.
maat
. Cf.
Make
a companion,
Match
a mate.]
1.
One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.
2.
Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.
3.
A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
Ye knew me once no
mate

For you; there sitting where you durst not soar.
Milton.
4.
(Naut.)
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
.

Mate

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Mated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Mating
.]
1.
To match; to marry.
If she be
mated
with an equal husband.
Shakespeare
2.
To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but it
mates
and masters the fear of death.
Bacon.
I, . . . in the way of loyalty and truth, . . .
Dare
mate
a sounder man than Surrey can be.
Shakespeare

Mate

,
Verb.
I.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mate

MATE

, n.
1.
A companion; an associate; one who customarily associates with another. Young persons nearly of an age, and frequently associating, are called mates or playmates.
2.
A husband or wife.
3.
The male or female of animals which associate for propagation and the care of their young.
4.
One that eats at the same table.
5.
One that attends the same school; a school-mate.
6.
An officer in a merchant ship or ship of war, whose duty is to assist the master or commander. In a merchant ship, the mate,in the absence of the master, takes command of the ship. Large ships have a first, second, and third mate.
In general, mate, in compound words, denotes an assistant, and ranks next in subordination to the principal; as master's mate; surgeon's mate, &c.

MATE

,
Noun.
In chess, the state of the king so situated that he cannot escape.

MATE

,
Verb.
T.
To match; to marry.
1.
To equal; to be equal to.
For thus the mastful chestnut mates the skies.
2.
To oppose; to equal.
--I i' th' way of loyalty and truth,
Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be.

MATE

,
Verb.
T.
To enervate; to subdue; to crush.
Audacity doth almost bind and mate the weaker sort of minds. [Not used.]

Definition 2021


Mate

Mate

See also: Appendix:Variations of "mate"

Greenlandic

Proper noun

Mate

  1. A male given name.

References

  • Nuka Møller: Kalaallit aqqi (Greenlandic personal names), Oqaasileriffik 2015, ISBN 978-87-990324-3-3
  • Danskernes navne 2005, including the residents of Greenland

mate

mate

See also: Appendix:Variations of "mate" and maté

English

Noun

mate (plural mates)

  1. A fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate.
  2. (especially of a non-human animal) A breeding partner.
  3. (colloquial, Britain, Australia, New Zealand) A friend, usually of the same sex.
    I'm going to the pub with a few mates.
    He's my best mate.
  4. (colloquial, Britain, Australia, New Zealand) a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male
    Excuse me, mate, have you got the time?
  5. (nautical) In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
  6. (nautical) A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship.
  7. (nautical) A first mate.
  8. A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate); sometimes an apprentice.
  9. 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.
  10. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
    • Milton
      Ye knew me once no mate / For you; there sitting where you durst not soar.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

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, of an animal) To copulate with.
  7. (transitive) To marry; to match (a person).
    • Shakespeare
      If she be mated with an equal husband.
  8. (transitive) To match oneself against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
    • Francis Bacon
      There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but it mates and masters the fear of death.
    • Shakespeare
      I, [] in the way of loyalty and truth, [] / Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be.
  9. (transitive) To fit (objects) together without space between.
  10. (transitive, aeronautics, space) To move (a space shuttle orbiter) onto the back of an aircraft that can carry it.
Synonyms
Antonyms
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

From Middle English verb maten, Middle French mater, from Old French noun mat (checkmate), from Persian شاه مات (šâh mât).

Noun

mate (plural mates)

  1. (chess) Short for checkmate.
Translations

Verb

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
  2. To confuse; to confound.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
Translations

Etymology 3

See maté

Noun

mate (plural mates)

  1. 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


Asturian

Verb

mate

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

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: ma‧te

Etymology

A more archaic form of maat (measure), in petrified use in various contexts and expressions. From Middle Dutch mate, from Old Dutch *māta, from Proto-Germanic *mētō.

Noun

mate f (plural maten, diminutive maatje n)

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

See also

Verb

mate

  1. (archaic) singular past subjunctive of meten

Faliscan

Etymology

From Proto-Italic *mātēr, from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂tēr. Cognate with Latin māter.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈmaː.te/

Noun

māte f

  1. mother

Fijian

Etymology

From Proto-Oceanic (compare Hawaiian make, Maori mate, Rapa Nui mate, Tahitian mate), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *(m-)atay (compare Cebuano matay, Chamorro matai, Ilocano matay, Indonesian mati, Javanese mati, Kapampangan mate, mete, Malagasy maty, Malay mati, Palauan mad, Tagalog matay), from Proto-Austronesian *(m-)aCay.

Adjective

mate

  1. dead (no longer alive)

Noun

mate

  1. death

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mat/

Adjective

mate

  1. feminine singular of mat

Verb

mate

  1. first-person singular present indicative of mater
  2. third-person singular present indicative of mater
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of mater
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of mater
  5. second-person singular imperative of mater

Anagrams


Galician

Verb

mate

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

Gothic

Romanization

matē

  1. Romanization of 𐌼𐌰𐍄𐌴

Japanese

Romanization

mate

  1. rōmaji reading of まて

Maori

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *mate (compare Hawaiian make, Rapa Nui mate, Tahitian mate), from Proto-Oceanic (compare Fijian mate), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *(m-)atay (compare Cebuano matay, Chamorro matai, Ilocano matay, Indonesian mati, Javanese mati, Kapampangan mate, mete, Malagasy maty, Malay mati, Palauan mad, Tagalog matay), from Proto-Austronesian *(m-)aCay.

Adjective

mate

  1. dead (no longer alive)

Noun

mate

  1. death

Derived terms


Mapudungun

Noun

mate (using Raguileo Alphabet)

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

See also

References

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

mate (imperative mat, present tense mater, passive mates, simple past and past participle mata or matet, present participle matende)

  1. to feed

Synonyms

Related terms

References


Portuguese

Etymology 1

Borrowing from Spanish mate, from Quechua mati.

Noun

mate m (uncountable)

  1. (South Brazil) maté (Ilex paraguariensis) (a shrub native to southern South America)
  2. (South Brazil) maté (a beverage prepared from the leaves of this plant)
Synonyms
  • (Ilex paraguariensis): erva mate, erva (South Brazil)
  • (beverage prepared from maté leaves): chimarrão

Etymology 2

Verb

mate

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of matar
    É importante que eu mate seus inimigos.
    It’s important that I kill your enemies.
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of matar
    É importante que ele mate seus inimigos.
    It’s important that he kills your enemies.
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of matar
    Você aí, mate seus inimigos sozinho.
    You there, kill your enemies by yourself.
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of matar
    Você aí, não mate seus inimigos sozinho.
    You there, don’t kill your enemies by yourself.

Rapa Nui

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *mate (compare Hawaiian make, Maori mate, Tahitian mate), from Proto-Oceanic (compare Fijian mate), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *(m-)atay (compare Cebuano matay, Chamorro matai, Ilocano matay, Indonesian mati, Javanese mati, Kapampangan mate, mete, Malagasy maty, Malay mati, Palauan mad, Tagalog matay), from Proto-Austronesian *(m-)aCay.

Adjective

mate

  1. dead (no longer alive)

Verb

mate

  1. to die

Spanish

Adjective

mate m, f (plural mates)

  1. matte (not reflective of light)
  2. (South America) tan, tanned (skin colour)

Noun

mate m (plural mates)

  1. (chess) mate, checkmate
  2. The drink maté prepared of yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).
  3. A hollow calabash gourd, in which the maté is traditionally served.
  4. (colloquial) maths, mathematics (short for matemática or matemáticas)
  5. (colloquial, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay) A head.
  6. (colloquial, El Salvador) A hand gesture.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Verb

mate

  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 (ma class, plural only)

  1. saliva (liquid secreted into the mouth)

Tahitian

Etymology

From Proto-Polynesian *mate (compare Hawaiian make, Maori mate), Rapa Nui mate, from Proto-Oceanic (compare Fijian mate), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *(m-)atay (compare Cebuano matay, Chamorro matai, Ilocano matay, Indonesian mati, Javanese mati, Kapampangan mate, mete, Malagasy maty, Malay mati, Palauan mad, Tagalog matay), from Proto-Austronesian *(m-)aCay.

Adjective

mate

  1. dead (no longer alive)

Verb

mate

  1. to die

Tongan

Etymology

Proto-Polynesian *mate.

Noun

mate

  1. death
  2. the dead

Adjective

mate

  1. dead