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Definition of mate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mate
    he / she / it mates
    past simple mated
    -ing form mating
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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. 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. 3mate somebody/something = checkmate
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mate