Definitions of mate

  1. See Checkmate.
  2. To join, or be joined, as mates.
  3. To confuse; to confound.
  4. To checkmate.
  5. To match; to marry.
  6. To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
  7. To match; to equal; marry; of animals, to pair.
  8. To be equal to: to match: to marry.
  9. In chess, to checkmate.
  10. To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one.
  11. To be coupled or united.
  12. copulate, of animals
  13. To match; to marry; to equal; to cope with. See Match.
  14. To match; to marry; to equal, or be equal to.
  15. a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
  16. the officer below the master on a commercial ship
  17. South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
  18. South American tea- like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
  19. informal term ( Australian or British) for a friend of the same sex
  20. the partner of an animal ( especially a sexual partner); " he loved the mare and all her mates"; " camels hate leaving their mates"
  21. informal term for a friend of the same sex
  22. place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; " Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"
  23. The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly ( Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America.
  24. Same as Checkmate.
  25. One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.
  26. Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.
  27. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
  28. An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate.
  29. A companion or associate; an equal; the male or female of a pair of animals for breeding; a ship's officer ranking below the captain.
  30. A companion: an equal: the male or female of animals that go in pairs: in a merchant- ship, the second in command: an assistant.
  31. In chess. Same as CHECKMATE.
  32. A companion; one of a pair; second officer of a merchant ship; checkmate.
  33. A companion; husband; wife; match.
  34. An officer of a merchant ship ranking below a captain.
  35. In chess, a checkmate.
  36. A companion; a comrade; an equal; a husband or wife; the mate or female of animals going in pairs; the officer of a ship whose duty is to assist the captain and command in his stead; an assistant.
  37. A plant whose leaves are used in S. America as a substitute for tea.
  38. A companion; an associate; one who associates with one and eats at the same table, sails in the same ship, or is employed at the same place; an officer of a ship; the male or female of two animals which associate for the propagation of their species.
  39. In the game of chess, the state of the king when he cannot escape, called checkmate- see under check.
  40. The leaves of a tree used in Paraguay and S. Amer. as tea; Paraguay tea.
  41. See 2d Mat.