- 1 1.1 (assistant)Example sentences1.2 (Nautical)
oficial (masculine or feminine) de cubiertafirst mateprimer oficial (masculine)Example sentences
- We had no lifting training and were not provided with driver's mates to assist with the lifting involved.
- She's now an aviation electrician's mate and soon will start in the shop for electricians.
- The same applied to the sailing master, his mate, and the carpenter when they also arrived.
- The ship's mates would be here at any minute, and I would lose my charter to Antwerp if I was caught.
- When a sailor ‘belonged’ to a ship his main loyalty was to his ship and his mates.
- 2 2.1 (Zoology)(male) macho (masculine)(female) hembra (feminine)Example sentences
Example sentences2.2 (of person)
- He then told them that he would take all steps necessary so that the zoo gets new species of animals and mates for those animals that are single now.
- Both admitted intentionally killing a wild bird, injuring its mate and having a loaded air rifle without lawful authority.
- Andean condor Homer and his mate Marge are love birds again - after vets gave him a blunter beak to save her from the sharp side of his temper.
pareja (feminine)2.3 (of shoe, sock etc) (esp (American English) )
- She said if we treated our husbands / mates like we treated our pet dogs, our marriages would be happier.
- I mean, that's terrible to lose a life partner and a mate at any age, but certainly at a young age like that.
- From this perspective, the problem of your missus or your mate takes on added significance.
compañero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)compañero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)Example sentences
- Have you ever wondered as to the whereabouts of the mate to those odd socks you find in the dryer or your sock drawer?
- 3 (British English) [colloquial] 3.1 (friend)amigo, (-ga) (masculine, feminine)compañero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)cuate, (-ta) (masculine, feminine) (Mexico) [colloquial]he's a good mate of mineExample sentences
Example sentences3.2 (as form of address)
- I am now retired, time-rich and have a wealth of good friends and drinking mates.
- We were pals, chums, mates and the bosomiest of bosom buddies.
- It's all about meeting up with old mates, making new friends and being part of a massive crowd with one thing in common.
(to a friend) hermano [colloquial]3.3
- Better get that down you then, mate, keep the cold at bay.
- You want a slap in the face, mate?
- This one's for you, mate, and I promise never to call your wheels a ‘second division footballer's car’ again.
tío or macho (Spain) [colloquial]
mano ( (Latin America) exc (Southern Cone) ) [colloquial]
che (River Plate area) [colloquial]
gallo (Chile) [colloquial]also: workmatecompañero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine) (de trabajo)
colega (masculine or feminine)
- 1 (become partners)aparearseExample sentences
- Two other fly species mated and formed a hybrid, a combined form that cannot mate with its fellow hybrids.
- Many animals and birds mate for life and this seems to work quite well for them.
- Researchers have found that the female monkeys and rats mate with multiple males to purposely confuse paternity.
- 2 (copulate)aparearse
- (in chess)Example sentences
- He carelessly walked into a mate in five, which he thought was simply drawing.
- This book starts with mates in one and, around page one million, moves on to mate in twos.
- He wasn't paying attention since he saw that a forced mate resulted from the line he actually played.
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