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Dictionary definition for: Mate

1. (n) the officer below the master on a commercial ship

2. (v) make love; "Birds mate in the Spring"

3. (n) a fellow member of a team; "it was his first start against his former teammates"

4. (v) bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one" "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?" "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

5. (n) the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner) "he loved the mare and all her mates" "camels hate leaving their mates"

6. (v) 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"

7. (n) a person''s partner in marriage

8. (n) an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"

9. (n) South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea

10. (n) informal term for a friend of the same sex

11. (n) South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate

12. (n) a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent''s king

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