Definition of Mate

Pronunciation: māt
n.1.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.
1.(Chess) Same as Checkmate.
a.1.See 2d Mat.
v. t.1.
1.To confuse; to confound.
2.To checkmate.
n.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.
v. t.1.To match; to marry.
[imp. & p. p. Mated; p. pr. & vb. n. Mating.]
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.
3.To breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of breeding; as, she mated a doberman with a German shepherd.
4.To join together; to fit together; to connect; to link; as, he mated a saw blade to a broom handle to cut inaccessible branches.
v. i.1.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.

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