—n. 1. husband or wife; spouse.
2. one member of a pair of mated animals.
3. one of a pair: I can't find the mate to this glove. 4. a counterpart.
5. an associate; fellow worker; comrade; partner (often used in combination): classmate; roommate. 6. friend; buddy; pal (often used as an informal term of address): Let me give you a hand with that, mate. 7. Naut. a. See first mate. b. any of a number of officers of varying degrees of rank subordinate to the master of a merchant ship.
c. an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
8. an aide or helper, as to an artisan; factotum.
9. a gear, rack, or worm engaging with another gear or worm.
10. Archaic.an equal in reputation; peer; match.
—v.t. 1. to join as a mate or as mates.
2. to bring (animals) together for breeding purposes.
3. to match or marry.
4. to join, fit, or associate suitably: to mate thought with daring action. 5. to connect or link: a telephone system mated to a computerized information service. 6. to treat as comparable.
—v.i. 1. to associate as a mate or as mates.
2. (of animals) to copulate.
3. (of animals) to pair for the purpose of breeding.
4. to marry.
5. (of a gear, rack, or worm) to engage with another gear or worm; mesh.
6. Archaic.to consort; keep company.
Pronunciation: (mä'tā, mat'ā, mä-tā'),[key] —n. 1. a tealike South American beverage made from the dried leaves of an evergreen tree.
2. a South American tree, Ilex paraguariensis, that is the source of this beverage.
3. the dried leaves of this tree. Also,mate.Also called Paraguay tea, yerba maté.