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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] (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] (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/

-matesuffix

uk   us   /-meɪt/
(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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