mate

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."

Primary Meanings of mate

1.
nv
a person's partner in marriage
engage in sexual intercourse
2.
nv
a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
3.
n
South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
Full Definitions of mate
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n a person's partner in marriage

Synonyms:
better half, married person, partner, spouse
Examples:
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Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel
prince consort of Queen Victoria of England (1819-1861)
Bathsheba
(Old Testament) the wife of Uriah and later the wife of king David; Solomon was her son by David (circa 10th century BC)
Catherine of Aragon
first wife of Henry VIII; Henry VIII's divorce from her was the initial step of the Reformation in England (1485-1536)
Anne Hathaway
wife of William Shakespeare (1556-1623)
Marquise de Maintenon
French consort of Louis XIV who secretly married the king after the death of his first wife (1635-1719)
Rachel
(Old Testament) the second wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin
Rebecca
(Old Testament) wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau
Ruth
the great-grandmother of king David whose story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
Sarah
(Old Testament) the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac
Types:
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bigamist
someone who marries one person while already legally married to another
consort
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
polygamist
someone who is married to two or more people at the same time
married woman, wife
a married woman; a man's 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)
bride
a woman who has recently been married
crown princess
the wife of a crown prince
cuckold
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
marchioness
the wife or widow of a marquis
matron
a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified
mayoress
the wife of a mayor
missis, missus
informal term of address for someone's wife
old lady
your own wife
polyandrist
a woman with two or more husbands
polygynist
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
signora
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
uxoricide
a husband who murders his wife
vicereine
wife of a viceroy
viscountess
a wife or widow of a viscount
Type of:
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

n the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)

“he loved the mare and all her mates
“camels hate leaving their mates
Type of:
animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

n one of a pair

“he lost the mate to his shoe”
Synonyms:
fellow
Type of:
singleton
a single object (as distinguished from a pair)

n an exact duplicate

Synonyms:
match
Type of:
duplicate, duplication
a copy that corresponds to an original exactly

n informal term for a friend of the same sex

Type of:
friend
a person you know well and regard with affection and trust

n a fellow member of a team

Synonyms:
teammate
Type of:
associate
a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor

n the officer below the master on a commercial ship

Synonyms:
first mate
Type of:
officer, ship's officer
a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel

v engage in sexual intercourse

“Birds mate in the Spring”
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nick
mate successfully; of livestock
have intercourse, have sex, love, roll in the hay
have sexual intercourse with
tread
mate with
serve, service
mate with
have, take
have sex with; archaic use
fornicate
have sex without being married
stand
be available for stud services
Type of:
conjoin, join
make contact or come together

v bring two objects, ideas, or people together

Synonyms:
couple, match, pair, twin
match
give or join in marriage
Types:
mismate
provide with an unsuitable mate
mismatch
match badly; match two objects or people that do not go together
Type of:
bring together, join
cause to become joined or linked
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n a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

Synonyms:
checkmate
Type of:
chess move
the act of moving a chess piece

v place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game

Synonyms:
checkmate
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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n South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea

Synonyms:
Ilex paraguariensis, Paraguay tea
Type of:
holly
any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges

n South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate

Type of:
beverage, drink, drinkable, potable
any liquid suitable for drinking

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