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.
7. Naut.
a. See first mate.
b. any of a number of officers of varying degrees of rank subordinate to the master of a merchant ship.
c. an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
8. an aide or helper, as to an artisan; factotum.
9. a gear, rack, or worm engaging with another gear or worm.
10. 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. consort; keep company.


Pronunciation: (māt), [key]
n., v.t., mat•ed, mat•ing,
checkmate (defs. 1, 3, 5).


Pronunciation: (mä'tā, mat'ā), [key]


Pronunciation: (mä'tā, mat'ā, mä-tā'), [key]
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,mate.Also called Paraguay tea, yerba maté.


Materials Engineer.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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