Mate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mated; p. pr. & vb. n. Mating.]
1. To match; to marry.
If she be mated with an equal husband. --Shak.
2. To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but it mates and masters the fear of death. --Bacon.
I, . . . in the way of loyalty and truth, . . .
Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be. --Shak.
Mate, v. i. To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one.
Ma·te n. The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America.
Mate n. Chess Same as Checkmate.
Mate, a. See 2d Mat. [Obs.]
Mate, v. t.
1. To confuse; to confound. [Obs.]
2. To checkmate.
1. One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.
2. Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.
3. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
Ye knew me once no mate
For you; there sitting where you durst not soar. --Milton.
4. Naut. An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate.
n 1: the officer below the master on a commercial ship [syn: first
2: a fellow member of a team; "it was his first start against
his former teammates" [syn: teammate]
3: the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner); "he
loved the mare and all her mates"; "camels hate leaving
4: a person's partner in marriage [syn: spouse, partner, married
person, better half]
5: an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made
in the notebook" [syn: match]
6: South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
[syn: Paraguay tea, Ilex paraguariensis]
7: informal term for a friend of the same sex
8: South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South
American holly called mate
9: a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible
attack on the opponent's king [syn: checkmate]
v 1: make love; "Birds mate in the Spring" [syn: copulate, pair,
2: bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is
coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my
daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired
with a partner for collaboration on the project" [syn: match,
couple, pair, twin]
3: place an opponent's king under an attack from which it
cannot escape and thus ending the game; "Kasparov
checkmated his opponent after only a few moves" [syn: checkmate]