Mating



[meyt] /meɪt/

noun
1.
a partner in marriage; spouse.
2.
one member of a pair of mated animals.
3.
one of a pair:
I can’t find the mate to this glove.
4.
a counterpart.
5.
an associate; fellow worker; comrade; partner (often used in combination):
classmate; roommate.
6.
friend; buddy; pal (often used as an informal term of address):
Let me give you a hand with that, mate.
7.
Nautical.

8.
an aide or helper, as to an artisan; factotum.
9.
a gear, rack, or worm engaging with another gear or worm.
10.
Archaic. an equal in reputation; peer; match.
verb (used with object), mated, mating.
11.
to join as a mate or as mates.
12.
to bring (animals) together for breeding purposes.
13.
to match or marry.
14.
to join, fit, or associate suitably:
to mate thought with daring action.
15.
to connect or link:
a telephone system mated to a computerized information service.
16.
to treat as comparable.
verb (used without object), mated, mating.
17.
to associate as a mate or as mates.
18.
(of animals) to copulate.
19.
(of animals) to pair for the purpose of breeding.
20.
to marry.
21.
(of a gear, rack, or worm) to engage with another gear or worm; mesh.
22.
Archaic. to consort; keep company.
[meyt] /meɪt/ Chess.
noun, verb (used with object), mated, mating, interjection
1.
(defs 1, 3, 5).
/meɪt/
noun
1.
the sexual partner of an animal
2.
a marriage partner
3.

4.
one of a pair of matching items
5.
(nautical)

6.
(in some trades) an assistant: a plumber’s mate
7.
(archaic) a suitable associate
8.
(Austral, slang) mate rates, the reduced rate charged for work done for a friend
verb
9.
to pair (a male and female animal) or (of animals) to pair for reproduction
10.
to marry or join in marriage
11.
(transitive) to join as a pair; match
/meɪt/
noun, verb
1.
(chess) See checkmate
/ˈmɑːteɪ; ˈmæteɪ/
noun
1.
an evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, cultivated in South America for its leaves, which contain caffeine: family Aquifoliaceae
2.
a stimulating milky beverage made from the dried leaves of this tree
n.

“associate, fellow, comrade,” mid-14c., also “companion” (late 14c.), from Middle Low German mate, gemate “one eating at the same table, messmate,” from Proto-Germanic *ga-maton “having food (*matiz) together (*ga-),” which is etymologically identical with companion. Cognate with Danish and Swedish mat, German Maat “mate,” Dutch maat, from German. Meaning “one of a wedded pair” is attested from 1540s. Used as a form of address by sailors, laborers, etc., since at least mid-15c. Meaning “officer on a merchant vessel is from late 15c.

in chess, “a condition of checkmate,” c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).
v.

c.1500, “to equal, rival,” 1590s as “to match, couple, marry, join in marriage,” from mate (n.1). Also, of animals, “to pair for the purpose of breeding.” Related: Mated; mating.

“checkmate,” c.1300, from Old French mater “to checkmate, defeat, overcome,” from mat “checkmated” (see checkmate (v.)).

mating mat·ing (mā’tĭng)
n.
The pairing of a male and a female for the purpose of reproduction.

mate 1 (māt)
n.

v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates

noun

A friend of the same sex; a friend or companion: Give me a hand, mate (1380+)

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