Other forms: mates; mating; mated

Someone's mate is their spouse, partner, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Your grandmother's long-term sweetheart is her mate. Awwww.

A husband or wife is one kind of mate, and animals have mates too, chosen for reproduction and sometimes to assist in raising babies. Anything that comes in a pair — like socks, contacts, shoes, or earrings — also has a mate. Your pal or buddy can be called a mate as well. As a verb, to mate means "to breed" or "to reproduce." In Middle Low German, mate means "one eating at the same table."

Definitions of mate
  1. noun
    a person's partner in marriage
    synonyms: better half, married person, partner, spouse
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    someone who marries one person while already legally married to another
    the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
    helpmate, helpmeet
    a helpful partner
    hubby, husband, married man
    a married man; a woman's partner in marriage
    monogamist, monogynist
    someone who practices monogamy (one spouse at a time)
    honeymooner, newlywed
    someone recently married
    someone who is married to two or more people at the same time
    married woman, wife
    a married woman; a partner in marriage
    battle-ax, battle-axe
    a sharp-tongued domineering wife
    benedick, benedict
    a newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)
    a woman who has recently been married
    crown princess
    the wife of a crown prince
    a man whose wife committed adultery
    family man
    a man whose family is of major importance in his life
    first lady
    the wife of a chief executive
    golf widow
    a wife who is left alone much of the time because her husband is playing golf
    bridegroom, groom
    a man who has recently been married
    honest woman
    a wife who has married a man with whom she has been living for some time (especially if she is pregnant at the time)
    house husband, househusband
    a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family income
    homemaker, housewife, lady of the house, woman of the house
    a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
    the wife or widow of a marquis
    a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified
    the wife of a mayor
    missis, missus
    informal term of address for someone's wife
    old lady
    your own wife
    a woman with two or more husbands
    a man with two or more wives
    prince consort
    a prince who is the husband of a reigning female sovereign
    sheika, sheikha
    the wife of a sheik
    an Italian title of address equivalent to Mrs. when used before a name
    trophy wife
    a wife who is an attractive young woman; seldom the first wife of an affluent older man
    ux., uxor
    (legal terminology) the Latin word for wife
    a husband who murders his wife
    wife of a viceroy
    a wife or widow of a viscount
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    domestic partner, significant other, spousal equivalent, spouse equivalent
    a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long-term sexual relationship
    relation, relative
    a person related by blood or marriage
  2. noun
    the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)
    “he loved the mare and all her mates
    “camels hate leaving their mates
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    animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  3. noun
    one of a pair
    “he lost the mate to his shoe”
    synonyms: fellow
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    a single object (as distinguished from a pair)
  4. noun
    an exact duplicate
    synonyms: match
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    duplicate, duplication
    a copy that corresponds to an original exactly
  5. noun
    informal term for a friend of the same sex
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    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
  6. noun
    a fellow member of a team
    synonyms: teammate
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    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
  7. noun
    the officer below the master on a commercial ship
    synonyms: first mate
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    officer, ship's officer
    a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel
  8. verb
    engage in sexual intercourse
    “Birds mate in the Spring”
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    mate successfully; of livestock
    have intercourse, have sex, love, roll in the hay
    have sexual intercourse with
    mate with
    serve, service
    mate with
    have, take
    have sex with; archaic use
    have sex without being married
    be available for stud services
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    conjoin, join
    make contact or come together
  9. verb
    bring two objects, ideas, or people together
    synonyms: couple, match, pair, twin
    give or join in marriage
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    provide with an unsuitable mate
    match badly; match two objects or people that do not go together
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    bring together, join
    cause to become joined or linked
  10. noun
    a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
    synonyms: checkmate
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    chess move
    the act of moving a chess piece
  11. verb
    place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
    synonyms: checkmate
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  12. noun
    South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
    synonyms: Ilex paraguariensis, Paraguay tea
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    any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
  13. noun
    South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
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    beverage, drink, drinkable, potable
    any liquid suitable for drinking




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