- 1 1.1 (assistant)Example sentences1.2 (Nautical)
oficial (masculine and 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)(female)2.2 (of person)
hembra (feminine)pareja (feminine)
compañero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)Example sentences2.3 (of shoe, sock etc)
(especially 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)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?
- 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.
- 3 (British English) [colloquial] 3.1 (friend)amigo, (-ga) (masculine, feminine)he's a good mate of mine 3.2 (as form of address — to a friend)
compañero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)
cuate, (-ta) (masculine, feminine) (Mexico) [colloquial]hermano [colloquial]3.3
tío or macho (Spain) [colloquial]
mano (Latin America except Southern Cone) [colloquial]
che (River Plate area) [colloquial]
gallo (Chile) [colloquial]also: workmatecompañero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine) (de trabajo)
colega (masculine and feminine)Example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 1.1 (become partners)aparearse1.2 (copulate)aparearse
- 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.
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