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Definition of mate:

  1. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
  2. 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.
  3. Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.
  4. One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.
  5. Same as Checkmate.
  6. See 2d Mat.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To checkmate.
  10. To confuse; to confound.
  11. To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
  12. To match; to marry.

Synonyms:

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