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English definition of “mate”

mate

noun [C] (FRIEND)    /meɪt/
B1 UK informal a friend: We've been mates since our school days. I usually play football with some of my mates from the office on Saturdays. She's my best mate.Friends, acquaintances and contemporaries [as form of address] UK informal used as a friendly way of talking to someone, especially a man: Have you got the time, mate?Friendly and unfriendly terms of address
(Definition of mate noun (FRIEND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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