- 1 1.1 (assistant) ayudante (masculine and feminine)Example sentences1.2 [Nautical/Náutica] oficial (masculine and feminine) de cubierta first mate primer oficial (masculine)
- 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/Zoología] (male) macho (masculine); (female) hembra (feminine) 2.2 (of person) pareja (feminine), compañero, (masculine, feminine)Example sentences2.3 (of shoe, sock etc) (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) compañero, (masculine, feminine)
- 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.
- 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/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] 3.1 (friend) amigo, (masculine, feminine), compañero, (masculine, feminine), cuate, (masculine, feminine) (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar] he's a good mate of mine es muy amigo mío 3.2 (as form of address — to a friend) hermano [colloquial/familiar], tío or macho (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar], mano (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) [colloquial/familiar], che (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar], gallo (Chile) [colloquial/familiar]; (— to a stranger) amigo, jefe, maestro (Latin America/América Latina) 3.3(workmate)compañero, (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.
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo
- 1.1 (become partners) aparearse 1.2 (copulate) aparearse, acoplarse, copular