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mate

noun [C]  /meɪt/ us  

mate noun [C] (FRIEND)

Br infml a friend, or a person you work with

mate noun [C] (PARTNER)

an animal’s sexual partner: Swans keep the same mate for life. A mate is also a husband or wife.

mate noun [C] (PAIR)

either of a pair of matched objects: I can’t find the mate to this sock.

mate

verb [I/T]  /meɪt/ us  

mate verb [I/T] (PARTNER)

to have sex and produce young, or to cause a male and female animal to do this: [I] Zoo officials are hoping the pandas will mate.
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