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"mate" in British English

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matenoun [C]

uk   /meɪt/ us   /meɪt/
  • mate noun [C] (FRIEND)

B1 UK informal a friend: We've been mates since our school days. 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 trading ship rather than a military ship: He had worked as a ship's mate for ten years.

mateverb [I or T]

uk   /meɪt/ us   /meɪt/

-matesuffix

uk   / -meɪt/ 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 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.

mateverb [I/T]

us   /meɪt/
  • 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.
(Definition of mate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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