1. [ verb ] (sexuality) make love
Synonyms: pair couple copulate

"Birds mate in the Spring"

Related terms: join love breed backcross serve tread nick ride sodomize sodomise deflower couple spouse sexual_intercourse coupling
2. [ noun ] (nautical,work) the officer below the master on a commercial ship
Synonyms: first_mate
Related terms: officer
3. [ noun ] (zoology) the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner)

"he loved the mare and all her mates" "camels hate leaving their mates"

Related terms: animal copulate
4. [ noun ] a fellow member of a team
Synonyms: teammate

"it was his first start against his former teammates"

Related terms: associate
5. [ noun ] an exact duplicate
Synonyms: match

"when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"

Related terms: duplicate match
6. [ verb ] bring two objects, ideas, or people together
Synonyms: match couple pair twin

"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"

Related terms: join mismate mismatch match couple pair yoke match
7. [ noun ] a person's partner in marriage
Synonyms: partner spouse consort better_half married_person
Related terms: relative significant_other wife husband polygamist consort bigamist monogamist newlywed helpmate marriage
8. [ noun ] (botany) South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
Synonyms: Ilex_paraguariensis Paraguay_tea
Related terms: holly
9. [ verb ] copulate, of animals
Related terms: breed backcross
10. [ noun ] informal term (Australian or British) for a friend of the same sex
Related terms: friend Australia UK
11. [ verb ] (chess) place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; in a game of chess
Synonyms: checkmate

"Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"

Related terms: beat chess
12. [ noun ] (chess,games) a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
Synonyms: checkmate
Related terms: chess_move checkmate
13. [ noun ] (food) South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
Related terms: beverage
Similar spelling:   matey