- 1Each of a pair of birds or other animals: a male bird sings to court a mateMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 • informal A person’s husband, wife, or other sexual partner.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 • informal One of a matched pair: a sock without its mateMore 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?
- 2 [in combination] A fellow member or joint occupant of a specified thing: his tablemates
- 2.1British • informal Used as a friendly form of address between men or boys: “See you then, mate.”More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2British • informal A friend or companion: I was with a mate my best mate, SteveMore 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.
- 3An assistant or deputy, in particular.More example sentences
- Take for instance, the boatswain's mate who needs to put that new coat of paint on the bulkhead.
- He's a boatswain's mate by trade but said life on this small deck beats the duties of bigger vessels.
- The group leader and mate swam through the shallows and reached the divers.
- 3.1An assistant to a skilled worker: a plumber’s mateMore 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.
- 3.2A deck officer on a merchant ship subordinate to the master. See also first mate.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1 [no object] (Of animals or birds) come together for breeding; copulate: successful males may mate with many femalesMore example 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Bring (animals or birds) together for breeding.More example sentences
- At different intervals, rabbits were mated with males of proven fertility.
- Treated mice were mated with untreated female T-stock mice.
- Owners pay about £60,000 a time to mate their mares with him.
- 2Connect or be connected mechanically: [with object] a four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed gearboxMore example sentences
- It is a 16 valve, four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo charged engine mated to a six-speed gear box.
- While being basically hand-built, they were done on an assembly line, with the mechanicals being mated to the body shell around half way down the line.
- Backplanes permit drives to be snapped in and mated to a connector blindly.
- British • informal Discounted prices or preferential terms offered to friends by the seller of a product or service: Rick arranged for the repair to be done at mates' ratesMore example sentences
- I bought it off a friend at mate's rates.
- Joe, tell him George sent you and you'll easily get mates' rates.
- It provided billions in aid, free military hardware, latest intelligence support and some of the best mates' rates in international politics.
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- Never fear, secluded mateless types: through some meticulous research I have developed some foolproof methods of wooing.
- Single women who find themselves mateless during their usual ‘prime’ years will now have time to build a better life to support themselves and their children (later, and with or without partners).
- Elsewhere Dylan looks to celebrate freedom for the ‘mistreated mateless mother, the mistitled prostitute’, the ‘gentle and the kind’, and for all those who he sees to be on the outside of a harsh and unkind society.
late Middle English: from Middle Low German māt(e) 'comrade', of West Germanic origin; related to meat (the underlying notion being that of eating together).
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- short for checkmate.More 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.
Middle English: the noun from Anglo-Norman French mat (from the phrase eschec mat 'checkmate'); the verb from Anglo-Norman French mater 'to checkmate'.
- 1 (also maté tea) An infusion of the leaves of a South American shrub, which is high in caffeine and bitter.More example sentences
- We drink it through a bombilla, the little metal suckable strainer they also use in Argentina to drink maté, an exuberantly undrinkable local tea brewed from some violent green shrub.
- A popular social pastime is the drinking of maté, a tea made from the leaves of a plant related to holly.
- Other dried plant substances used to make infused drinks are chicory (dried root), cocoa (dried powdered seeds), guarana (dried powdered seeds, made into smoked cakes), cola ‘nut’ (dried powdered seeds), and maté (dried leaves).
- 2 (also yerba maté) The South American shrub of the holly family which produces maté leaves.
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- Ilex paraguariensis, family Aquifoliaceae
- Drinks made of yerba maté are ubiquitous.
early 18th century: from Spanish mate, from Quechua mati.
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