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Definition of "mate" []

  • One of a matched pair: the mate to this glove. (noun)
  • A spouse. (noun)
  • Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate. (noun)
  • Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding. (noun)
  • A person with whom one is in close association; an associate. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mate" in a sentence
  • "He is also, ex-officio, the wit of the crew; for the captain does not condescend to joke with the men, and the second mate no one cares for; so that when “the mate” thinks fit to entertain “the people” with a coarse joke or a little practical wit, every one feels bound to laugh."
  • "A bushman may have many mates in his roving, but there is always one his mate, "my mate;" and it is common to hear a bushman, who is, in every way, a true mate to the man he happens to be travelling with, speak of _his mate's mate_ -- "Jack's mate" -- who might be in Klondyke or South Africa."
  • "The R&B star gives propes to his label mate Kanye West ..."