(noun, verb)


1. the officer below the master on a commercial ship

Definition categories: person, officer

2. a fellow member of a team

- it was his first start against his former teammates

Similar word(s): teammate

Definition categories: person, associate

3. the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)

- he loved the mare and all her mates

- camels hate leaving their mates

Definition categories: person, animal, beast, brute, creature, fauna

4. a person's partner in marriage

Similar word(s): partner, spouse

Definition categories: person, relation, relative

5. an exact duplicate

Similar word(s): match

Definition categories: man–made, duplicate, duplication

6. one of a pair

- he lost the mate to his shoe

Similar word(s): fellow

Definition categories: quantity, singleton

7. South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea

Definition categories: plant, holly

8. informal term for a friend of the same sex

Definition categories: person, friend

9. South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate

Definition categories: food, beverage, drink, drinkable, potable

10. a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

Similar word(s): checkmate

Definition categories: act

Sentences with mate as a noun:

- I'm going to the pub with a few mates.

- He's my best mate.

- Excuse me, mate, have you got the time?

- I found one of the socks I wanted to wear, but I couldn't find its mate.


1. engage in sexual intercourse

- Birds mate in the Spring

Similar word(s): copulate, couple, pair

Definition categories: contact, conjoin, join

2. bring two objects, ideas, or people together

Similar word(s): couple, match, pair, twin

Definition categories: contact, join

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

Similar word(s): checkmate

Definition categories: competition, beat, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

Sentences with mate as a verb:

- The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.