mate

mate
mate
mate1 [māt]
n.
[ME < MDu, a companion < gemate < Gmc * gamatan < * ga-, together (for IE base see COM-) + * mad-, food, MEAT: hence, orig., one who share meals: cf. COMPANION1]
1.
a) a companion, comrade, or fellow worker: often used in compounds [classmate]
b) [Brit. Informal] l a chum; buddy; pal: often used as a familiar form of address
2. one of a pair, esp. of a matched pair
3.
a) a husband or wife; spouse
b) the male or female of animals paired for propagation
4. Archaic an equal; fit associate
5. Naut.
a) an officer of a merchant ship, ranking below the captain; specif., FIRST MATE
b) an assistant: in the U.S. Navy, mate is used in the designators of certain petty officers and ratings, as machinist's mate, boatswain's mate
vt.
mated, mating
1. to join as a pair; couple
2. to couple in marriage or sexual union
3. to provide with a mate
vi.
to become mated
mate2 [māt]
n., interj., vt.
mated, mating [ME mat < OFr: see CHECKMATE]
CHECKMATE

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