Choosing a mate by political label is like choosing food by the picture on the box.
He died on the spot and his mate, who was pregnant at the time, proceeded to miscarry due to depression.
Read the profile of a 36-year-old man, and he'll say he's looking for a mate between, oh, 26 and 42.
Her mate was perched two trees away, ready to risk all to protect the nest.
It was like she wanted to be my mate and wanted to share my life rather than do a job.
Then he held out his hands to the second mate, who snapped the handcuffs on his wrists.
The mate had done what he could to prejudice the captain against the boy he hated.
The mate was full of smooth and flattering words, but his eyes were shallow.
The mate with one of the crew came ashore in the boat for help and a doctor.
She did not then appear until she was well across the pond, where she was joined by her mate.
"associate, fellow, comrade," mid-14c., also "companion" (late 14c.), from Middle Low German mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion. Cognate with Danish and Swedish mat, German Maat "mate," Dutch maat, from German. Meaning "one of a wedded pair" is attested from 1540s. Used as a form of address by sailors, laborers, etc., since at least mid-15c. Meaning "officer on a merchant vessel is from late 15c.
in chess, "a condition of checkmate," c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).
c.1500, "to equal, rival," 1590s as "to match, couple, marry, join in marriage," from mate (n.1). Also, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding." Related: Mated; mating.
"checkmate," c.1300, from Old French mater "to checkmate, defeat, overcome," from mat "checkmated" (see checkmate (v.)).
mate 1 (māt)
Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
To become joined in marriage.
To be paired for reproducing; breed.
A friend of the same sex; a friend or companion: Give me a hand, mate (1380+)