mate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “mate” in the English Dictionary

"mate" in British English

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matenoun [C]

uk   us   /meɪt/

mate noun [C] (SEXUAL PARTNER)

an animal's ​sexualpartner: Peacocks use ​theirbeautifultails to ​attract mates.

mate noun [C] (FRIEND)

B1 UK informal a ​friend: We've been mates since ​ourschooldays. I usually go out with some of my mates from the ​office on Saturdays. She's my best mate. [as form of address] UK informal used as a ​friendly way of ​talking to someone, ​especially a man: Have you got the ​time, mate?
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mate noun [C] (HELPER)

UK a ​person who is ​employed to ​help a ​skilledworker: a carpenter's/plumber's mate

mate noun [C] (SHIP)

a ​type of ​officer on a ​tradingshiprather than a ​militaryship: He had ​worked as a ship's mate for ten ​years.

mateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /meɪt/
to have ​sex and ​produceyoung, or to make ​animals do this: Tigers mate ​repeatedly over a ​period of several ​days. Mating a ​horse with a ​donkeyproduces a ​mule.


uk   us   /-meɪt/
used to show that two ​peopleshare a ​space or are ​involved in the same ​activity: flatmate team-mate workmate
(Definition of mate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mate" in American English

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matenoun [C]

 us   /meɪt/

mate noun [C] (FRIEND)

Br infml a ​friend, or a ​person you ​work with

mate noun [C] (PARTNER)

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

mate noun [C] (PAIR)

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

mateverb [I/T]

 us   /meɪt/

mate verb [I/T] (PARTNER)

to have ​sex and ​produceyoung, or to ​cause a ​male and ​femaleanimal to do this: [I] Zoo ​officials are hoping the ​pandas will mate.
(Definition of mate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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