mateless

mate

1 [meyt]
noun
1.
a partner in marriage; spouse.
2.
one member of a pair of mated animals.
3.
one of a pair: I can't find the mate to this glove.
4.
a counterpart.
5.
an associate; fellow worker; comrade; partner (often used in combination): classmate; roommate.
6.
friend; buddy; pal (often used as an informal term of address): Let me give you a hand with that, mate.
7.
Nautical.
b.
any of a number of officers of varying degrees of rank subordinate to the master of a merchant ship.
c.
an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
8.
an aide or helper, as to an artisan; factotum.
9.
a gear, rack, or worm engaging with another gear or worm.
10.
Archaic. an equal in reputation; peer; match.
verb (used with object), mated, mating.
11.
to join as a mate or as mates.
12.
to bring (animals) together for breeding purposes.
13.
to match or marry.
14.
to join, fit, or associate suitably: to mate thought with daring action.
15.
to connect or link: a telephone system mated to a computerized information service.
16.
to treat as comparable.
verb (used without object), mated, mating.
17.
to associate as a mate or as mates.
18.
(of animals) to copulate.
19.
(of animals) to pair for the purpose of breeding.
20.
to marry.
21.
(of a gear, rack, or worm) to engage with another gear or worm; mesh.
22.
Archaic. to consort; keep company.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Low German; replacing Middle English mette, Old English gemetta messmate, guest. See meat

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mate1 (meɪt)
 
n
1.  the sexual partner of an animal
2.  a marriage partner
3.  a.  informal chiefly (Brit), (Austral), (NZ) a friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
 b.  (in combination) an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etc: a classmate; a flatmate
4.  one of a pair of matching items
5.  nautical
 a.  short for first mate
 b.  any officer below the master on a commercial ship
 c.  a warrant officer's assistant on a ship
6.  (in some trades) an assistant: a plumber's mate
7.  archaic a suitable associate
8.  slang (Austral) mate rates the reduced rate charged for work done for a friend
 
vb
9.  to pair (a male and female animal) or (of animals) to pair for reproduction
10.  to marry or join in marriage
11.  (tr) to join as a pair; match
 
[C14: from Middle Low German; related to Old English gemetta table-guest, from metemeat]
 
'mateless1
 
adj

mate2 (meɪt)
 
n, —vb
chess See checkmate

maté or mate (ˈmɑːteɪ, ˈmæteɪ, ˈmɑːteɪ, ˈmæteɪ)
 
n
1.  an evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, cultivated in South America for its leaves, which contain caffeine: family Aquifoliaceae
2.  a stimulating milky beverage made from the dried leaves of this tree
 
[C18: from American Spanish (originally referring to the vessel in which the drink was brewed), from Quechua máti gourd]
 
mate or mate
 
n
 
[C18: from American Spanish (originally referring to the vessel in which the drink was brewed), from Quechua máti gourd]

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mate
"companion, associate, fellow, comrade," late 14c., from M.L.G. mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from P.Gmc. *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion (q.v.). 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. The verb, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding" is first recorded c.1600. The verb in chess (early 14c.) is short for checkmate (q.v.) and is not related.
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mate 1 (māt)
n.

  1. A spouse.

  2. Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.

  3. Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.

v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates
  1. To become joined in marriage.

  2. To be paired for reproducing; breed.

  3. To copulate.

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