to act as a mother, to have motherly qualities
maternal + -ize
[mey-ter] /ˈmeɪ tər/ noun, plural maters, matres [mey-treez] /ˈmeɪ triz/ (Show IPA) 1. British Informal. 1 . 2. the backing holding the movable parts of an astrolabe. /ˈmeɪtə/ noun 1. (Brit, public school slang, often facetious) a word for mother1
[too-ree-tuh] /tʊˈri tə/ noun, Roman Religion. 1. .
[meyt-ship] /ˈmeɪt ʃɪp/ noun 1. the state of being a . 2. Australian. a mode of conduct among Australian men that stresses equality, friendship, and solidarity. /ˈmeɪtʃɪp/ noun 1. (Austral) the comradeship of friends, usually male, viewed as an institution
[mey-tee] /ˈmeɪ ti/ noun, plural mateys. Chiefly British Informal. 1. comrade; chum; buddy. [mey-tee] /ˈmeɪ ti/ adjective, Chiefly British Informal. 1. sociable; friendly: a matey chat. /ˈmeɪtɪ/ adjective 1. friendly or intimate; on good terms noun 2. friend or fellow: usually used in direct address n. 1833, diminutive of mate (n.) in its “male friend” […]