Definitions for: Mate

[n] a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
[n] an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
[n] South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
[n] the officer below the master on a commercial ship
[n] informal term (Australian or British) for a friend of the same sex
[n] the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner); "he loved the mare and all her mates"; "camels hate leaving their mates"
[n] a person's partner in marriage
[n] a fellow member of a team; "it was his first start against his former teammates"
[n] South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
[v] place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; in a game of chess; "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"
[v] bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
[v] make love; "Birds mate in the Spring"
[v] copulate, of animals

Webster (1913) Definition: Ma"te, n. [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

Mate, n. [F. mat, abbrev. fr. ['e]chec et mat. See
Checkmate.] (Chess)
Same as Checkmate.

Mate, a.
See 2d Mat. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Mate, v. t. [F. mater to fatigue, enfeeble, humiliate,
checkmate. See Mate checkmate.]
1. To confuse; to confound. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. To checkmate.

Mate, n. [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, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mated; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To match; to marry.

If she be mated with an equal husband. --Shak.

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. --Shak.

Mate, v. 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.

Synonyms: better half, checkmate, checkmate, copulate, couple, first mate, Ilex paraguariensis, married person, match, match, pair, Paraguay tea, partner, spouse, teammate, twin

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