mate

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Noun[change]

Singular
mate

Plural
mates

  1. (countable) A mate is someone you do something with.
    Nils, my tent mate, was from the same elementary school in the city.
  2. (countable); (informal); (UK, Australian) A mate is a friend, usually male.
    I'm meeting my mates later, after work.
    The two of them are best mates.
    What can I do for you, mate?
  3. (countable) A mate is an animal's sexual partner.
    The zoo has been having trouble getting a mate for the panda.
  4. (countable) A mate is a person's husband or wife.
  5. (countable) A mate is the other member of a matched pair of objects.
  6. (countable) A drink made from yerba mate.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
mate

Third-person singular
mates

Past tense
mated

Past participle
mated

Present participle
mating

  1. (intransitive) In animals, to have sex.
    The monkeys were going to mate.
    The female shows she's ready to mate by showing her red bottom to the male.
  2. (transitive) To match two things together.
    That morning when they tried to mate her with our bull, she had no idea what to do.

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