Definition of mate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    mate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//meɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//meɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mate
    BrE BrE//meɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//meɪt//
     
    he / she / it mates
    BrE BrE//meɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//meɪts//
     
    past simple mated
    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle mated
    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form mating
    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] mate (with something) (of two animals or birds) to have sex in order to produce young Do foxes ever mate with dogs? After mating, the female kills the male. Females that mate with several males are rare. the sexual signal from the adult female that tells the male she is ready to mate see also mating
  2. 2[transitive] mate something (to/with something) to put animals or birds together so that they will have sex and produce young
  3. in chess
  4. 3[transitive] = checkmate
  5. Word Originverb senses 1 to 2 late Middle English: from Middle Low German māt(e) ‘comrade’, of West Germanic origin; related to meat (the underlying concept was of eating together). verb sense 3 Middle English: the noun from Anglo-Norman French mat (from the phrase eschec mat ‘checkmate’); the verb from Anglo-Norman French mater ‘to checkmate’.
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