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mate

noun [C] uk   us   /meɪt/

mate noun [C] (SEXUAL PARTNER)

an animal's sexual partner: Peacocks use their beautiful tails to attract mates.

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] (HELPER)

UK a person who is employed to help a skilled worker: a carpenter's/plumber's mate

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.

mate

verb [I or T] uk   us   /meɪt/
to have sex and produce young, or to make animals do this: Tigers mate repeatedly over a period of several days. Mating a horse with a donkey produces a mule.
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