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first mate
running mate
soul mate
▪ I think I've always found it hard to talk to people except for my best mate.
▪ Rifat Ozbek and Paul Smith are good mates.
▪ The works of the two painters don't make good stable mates.
▪ On a more personal level, Parsons was' very good mates with Johnny Thunders.
▪ Don't share with anyone - not even your best mate or your partner.
▪ And we're not just talking about your mum and your best mate.
▪ Billy and I were just good friends, really good mates.
▪ I tell you though, my best mate thinks we haven't done it quietly enough.
▪ To me, as well as being my old mate, he's a fine, outstanding example of a White Poplar.
▪ The list of Valvestate users includes our old mate Geoff Whitehorn.
▪ And he's hoping to brew up a shock for his old mates tonight.
▪ She shouldn't run off with any of his old mates or she would get a good hiding when he came home.
▪ He was almost cuddly, talking about how he plays football with his old mates and helps fix their go-karts.
▪ Lee Nogan was let through by his old mates and Paul Furlong did the damage.
▪ His widow gathers his old mates together to prepare the funeral orations.
▪ The young viewers were kept fully informed of developments and on one programme a possible mate was being discussed.
▪ Indeed she is sometimes spoken of as a possible running mate in November.
▪ Male flies have acute vision to stalk a potential mate to whom her suitor is a distant blur.
▪ Males that misread the body and facial postures of a potential mate get bitten or kicked.
▪ Tommy Thompson, a potential Dole running mate.
▪ Blindness is also a major handicap to the recognition of a potential mate, as is deviant colouration.
▪ According to them, a nightingale does not sing to inform potential mates about himself; he sings to seduce them.
▪ Dukakis' Democratic vice presidential running mate, Sen.
▪ Both outsiders chose establishment types for their vice presidential running mates.
▪ He announced that his vice-presidential running mate was James B. Stockdale, a retired admiral with little political experience.
▪ If Hillary is the perfect partner, then in Al Gore he had the perfect running mate.
▪ Sorry, Clinton only switched running mates for the evening to poke fun at Republican rival George Bush.
▪ Who is his running mate for vice-president? 16.
▪ Like a demented cheerleader he pranced and hopped before dotting the ball down to the amusement of team-mate Will Greenwood.
▪ The defending champion Joyce Chepchumba, Loroupe's team-mate, came third.
▪ Dukakis' Democratic vice presidential running mate, Sen.
▪ Both outsiders chose establishment types for their vice presidential running mates.
▪ It would be quite wrong to suggest that the only influence on mate choice is relative familiarity.
▪ His racial theory was almost certainly a red herring, 5 but the notion of selective mate choice was not.
▪ However, acceptance of this point has to be tempered by an awareness that mate choice is influenced by many qualities.
▪ Is there some functional similarity with mate choice in quail?
▪ But the concept of mutual mate choice has remained untested experimentally, although it has been supported by recent modelling.
▪ They also point to other sources of variation in mate choice.
▪ Most of my school mates were black, though I had a few white ones.
▪ To Chrissie he is a friend, to Terry a revelatory lover, and to Melanie a soul mate.
▪ They have founded a constitutional-covenant community for soul mates in Idaho.
▪ It wasn't the kind of reaction I'd expect from a man who had just killed his so-called soul mate.
▪ This man, much like his Southern soul mate at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, is a survivor.
▪ It will be easier to find a soul mate elsewhere than in one's own backyard.
▪ The film, Him, is a romantic comedy role about a woman's search for a soul mate.
▪ Other insects attract their mates by exploiting the third of the senses, smell.
▪ So, by sight, sound and smell, the adult insects attract their mates.
▪ They may be trying to attract a mate, mapping out their territory, warning other males off.
▪ She stated that a wise woman would choose her mate on the basis of his qualities of character.
▪ Later, eugenicists stressed the importance of teaching women the criteria by which to choose a mate.
▪ Those who choose infertile mates leave no descendants.
▪ Physicists do not generally choose their mates from among subsistence farmers.
▪ Females often choose mates on the basis of what genes a male might carry.
▪ If so few males exist that each always finds lots of mates, then it pays a parent to have sons.
▪ Yet the woman who finds a genuinely protective mate in a less glamorous man may still feel romantically deprived.
▪ Step six: Find a mate Once the nest is completed, the male sets off in search of a female.
▪ It is a place to find your mate.
▪ I took off the headphones and found my mates laughing their heads off.
▪ He has not yet found a running mate, although he has approached several minor political figures.
▪ It will be easier to find a soul mate elsewhere than in one's own backyard.
▪ And what of women who have not found an appropriate mate?
▪ Bob Dole will pick as his running mate.
▪ Another goal in picking a running mate is to avoid selecting a candidate who might add trouble to the ticket.
▪ Some picked running mates they knew only by reputation simply for symbolic impact, as Mondale chose Rep.
▪ Over the next five months, Dole must also pick a running mate.
▪ Bob Dole would love to make Colin Powell his running mate.
▪ Bob Dole will pick as his running mate.
▪ Dukakis' Democratic vice presidential running mate, Sen.
▪ Another goal in picking a running mate is to avoid selecting a candidate who might add trouble to the ticket.
▪ Perot threw his last running mate, retired Adm.
▪ The final day will feature speeches by Dole and his running mate.
▪ Michael Dukakis ignored the urgings of his much-admired running mate, Sen.
▪ Bush could have used the choice of running mate to make a statement about the kind of changes he seeks.
▪ This raises problems for creatures seeking mates.
▪ A man, by contrast, is seeking a mate who will use his sperm and his money to produce babies.
▪ It remains in its pupal chamber until the following spring and emerges in April, May or June to seek a mate.
▪ Suddenly, females in the population have two options: to seek a faithful mate like yourself or to seek a polygamist.
▪ Rather than following, he plunged into the passageway between the bars, seeking his mate.
▪ The males' skill affects their breeding success, for the females examine these nests extremely critically when selecting a mate.
▪ Were Dole to select his running mate strictly on ability and integrity, he would name Arizona Sen.
▪ He always goes to the pub with his mates on Friday night.
▪ Terry's an old mate of mine.
▪ the first mate
▪ What happened to this sock's mate?
▪ Would you trade your mate for a million bucks?
▪ After a couple of intense, passionate but ultimately destructive relationships, I craved a gentle, understanding mate.
▪ Don't share with anyone - not even your best mate or your partner.
▪ Ed and his mates just bobbing along.
▪ I mean, you've heard all his New Age stuff about them being soul mates destined for each other.
▪ Sometimes these two-survival and acquiring a mate are conflicting goals.
▪ The running mates don't really matter, so the candidates can improvise more.
▪ The young females tend to fly off and look for mates elsewhere.
▪ The following year, Ford picked fellow middle westerner Dole as his running mate instead.
▪ Do females prefer to mate with males of longer tail-length?
▪ If they win, the females will mate with the senior brother.
▪ Alternatively it is possible to check females and mate up only those animals that are in oestrus.
▪ Caged females are attacked by mated female sparrows.
▪ Secondary females typically lay fewer eggs than either primary females or monogamously mated ones.
▪ When a female mates with an attractive male, he works less hard and she works harder at bringing up the young.
Males of this species hold harems of three to six females, and forcibly prevent other males from mating with them.
▪ So the persistence of the last male to mate her is rewarded, as he is father to most of the kits.
▪ Natural selection favours the habit in stickleback males because female sticklebacks will only mate with territorial males.
▪ In general, though, it is the last male to mate that fathers most offspring.
▪ Often, the last male to mate sires all or most of the young.
▪ One example may be the male red deer which competes vigorously with other males for opportunities to mate.
▪ As a consequence they typically occur in very small groups and males therefore mate with fewer females each year.
▪ He seemed to be telling team mates that his parachute had not performed correctly.
▪ Any male who chose not to mate with certain kinds of females would mate less than his non-discriminatory competitors.
▪ The first test was his choice of a running mate.
▪ His running mate, Missouri Gov.&038;.
▪ The following year, Ford picked fellow middle westerner Dole as his running mate instead.
▪ The presidential candidate is expected to announce his choice for a running mate Saturday in his native Russell, Kan.
▪ During the mating season, foxes become much more vocal.
▪ The birds mate in April and the eggs are hatched by June.
▪ Two pigeons performed an elaborate and very noisy mating dance.
▪ A young woman does not mate faithfully with a wealthy tycoon.
▪ Any male who chose not to mate with certain kinds of females would mate less than his non-discriminatory competitors.
▪ In other words, some males are extraordinarily successful while others may never mate.
▪ Nevertheless, they mate and produce Leech and Foam island, two beings considered failures.
▪ They will mate in vials and breed in a couple of weeks.
▪ With one Joey outside the pouch, she looks to mate again with available males.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mate \Mate\, v. t. [F. mater to fatigue, enfeeble, humiliate, checkmate. See Mate checkmate.]

  1. To confuse; to confound. [Obs.]

  2. To checkmate.


Mate \Mate\, v. i. To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one.


Mate \Ma"te\ (m[aum]"t[asl]), n. [Sp.] The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly ( Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America.


Mate \Mate\, a. See 2d Mat. [Obs.]


Mate \Mate\ (m[=a]t), n. [F. mat, abbrev. fr. ['e]chec et mat. See Checkmate.] (Chess) Same as Checkmate.


Mate \Mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mated; p. pr. & vb. n. Mating.]

  1. To match; to marry.

    If she be mated with an equal husband.

  2. To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.

    There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but it mates and masters the fear of death.

    I, . . . in the way of loyalty and truth, . . . Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be.

  3. To breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of breeding; as, she mated a doberman with a German shepherd.

  4. To join together; to fit together; to connect; to link; as, he mated a saw blade to a broom handle to cut inaccessible branches.


Mate \Mate\, n. [Perhaps for older make a companion; cf. also OD. maet companion, mate, D. maat. Cf. Make a companion, Match a mate.]

  1. One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.

  2. Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.

  3. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.

    Ye knew me once no mate For you; there sitting where you durst not soar.

  4. (Naut.) An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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.


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.)).


in chess, "a condition of checkmate," c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).


Etymology 1 n. 1 A fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate. 2 (context especially of a non-human animal English) A breeding partner. 3 (context colloquial British Australia New Zealand English) A friend, usually of the same sex. 4 (context colloquial British Australia New Zealand English) a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male 5 (context nautical English) In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. (w: Boatswain's Mate), (w: Gunner's Mate), Sailmaker's Mate, etc). 6 (context nautical English) A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship. 7 (context nautical English) A first mate. 8 A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. ''gasfitter's mate'', ''plumber's mate''); sometimes an apprentice. 9 The other member of a matched pair of objects. 10 A suitable companion; a match; an equal. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To match, fit together without space between. 2 (context intransitive English) To copulate. 3 (context intransitive English) To pair in order to raise offspring 4 (context transitive English) To arrange in matched pairs. 5 (context transitive English) To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding. 6 (context transitive English) To marry; to match (a person). 7 (context transitive English) To match oneself against; to oppose as equal; to compete with. 8 (context transitive English) To fit (objects) together without space between. 9 (context transitive aerospace English) To move (a space shuttle orbiter) onto the back of an aircraft that can carry it. Etymology 2

n. (context chess English) Short for checkmate. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate 2 To confuse; to confound. Etymology 3

n. 1 (alternative spelling of maté nodot=1 English), an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba maté ((taxlink Ilex paraguariensis species noshow=1)). 2 The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea

  1. v. make love; "Birds mate in the Spring" [syn: copulate, pair, couple]

  2. 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" [syn: match, couple, pair, twin]

  3. 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" [syn: checkmate]

  1. n. the officer below the master on a commercial ship [syn: first mate]

  2. a fellow member of a team; "it was his first start against his former teammates" [syn: teammate]

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

  4. a person's partner in marriage [syn: spouse, partner, married person, better half]

  5. an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook" [syn: match]

  6. South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea [syn: Paraguay tea, Ilex paraguariensis]

  7. informal term for a friend of the same sex

  8. South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate

  9. a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king [syn: checkmate]


Mate may refer to:

Mate (horse)

Mate (foaled 1928 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1931 Preakness Stakes.

Mate (beverage)

Mate (, ; sometimes hypercorrected as maté in English, but never in Spanish or Portuguese, where it is often pronounced "jerba"), also known as yerba mate, chimarrão or cimarrón , is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, particularly in Argentina (where it is defined by law as the "national infusion"), Uruguay, Paraguay, the Bolivian Chaco and Southern Brazil, and in southern Chile. It is also consumed in Syria, the largest importer in the world, and by the Druze in Lebanon.

It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis, known in Portuguese as erva-mate) in hot water and is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. The straw is called a bombilla in Spanish, a bomba in Portuguese, and a bombija or, more generally, a masassa (type of straw) in Arabic. The straw is traditionally made of silver. Modern, commercially available straws are typically made of nickel silver, called alpaca; stainless steel, or hollow-stemmed cane. The gourd is known as a mate or a guampa; while in Brazil, it has the specific name of cuia, or also cabaça (the name for Indigenous-influenced calabash gourds in other regions of Brazil, still used for general food and drink in remote regions). Even if the water is supplied from a modern thermos, the infusion is traditionally drunk from mates or cuias.

Yerba mate leaves are dried, chopped, and ground into a powdery mixture called yerba. The bombilla acts as both a straw and a sieve. The submerged end is flared, with small holes or slots that allow the brewed liquid in, but block the chunky matter that makes up much of the mixture. A modern bombilla design uses a straight tube with holes, or a spring sleeve to act as a sieve.

"Tea-bag" type infusions of mate (Spanish: mate cocido, Portuguese: chá mate) have been on the market in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay for many years under such trade names as "Taragüi" in Argentina, "Pajarito" and "Kurupí" in Paraguay, and Matte Leão in Brazil.

Máté (given name)

Máté may refer to:

  • Máté Burkus (born 1990), Hungarian footballer
  • Máté Csák (disambiguation), several people
  • Máté Fejes, (born 1988), Hungarian ice dancer
  • Máté Fenyvesi (born 1933), Hungarian footballer
  • Máté Halász (born 1984), Hungarian handballer
  • Máté Helebrandt (born 1989), Hungarian racewalker
  • Máté Hidvégi (born 1955), Hungarian biochemist
  • Máté Katona (born 1990), Hungarian footballer
  • Máté Kiss (born 1991), Hungarian footballer
  • Máté Kocsis (born 1981), Hungarian jurist and politician
  • Máté Lékai (born 1988), Hungarian handballer
  • Máté Pátkai (born 1988), Hungarian footballer
  • Máté Skriba, (born 1992), Hungarian footballer
  • Máté Tóth, (born 1991), Hungarian footballer
  • Máté Toroczkai (1553–1616), fifth bishop of the Unitarian Church in Cluj
  • Máté Vass (born 1990), Hungarian footballer
  • Máté Zalka (born 1896), Hungarian writer and revolutionary
MATE (software)

MATE is a desktop environment forked from the now-unmaintained code base of GNOME 2. It is named after the South American plant yerba mate and tea made from the herb, mate. The name was originally all capital letters to follow the nomenclature of other Free Software desktop environments like KDE and LXDE. The backronym "MATE Advanced Traditional Environment" was subsequently adopted by most of the MATE community, again in the spirit of Free Software like GNU. The use of a new name, instead of GNOME, avoids conflicts with GNOME 3 components.

Máté (surname)

Máté is a surname of Hungarian origin.

Notable examples of the surname Máté include:

Mate (naval officer)
Between 1800 and 1890 "mate" was also the naval rank now known as Sub-lieutenant - Master. For other meanings, see mate (disambiguation).

A Mate is a Deck naval officer aboard a merchant vessel "sails and tree - ships", such as the chief mate (first mate), second mate, or third mate.

One of the mates is always the watch keeping officer, unless the master takes that responsibility. Each mate also has other duties, such as making the passage planning, overseeing loading and unloading and personnel management.


  • Eifler, Edgar G. The Sails and Sails - motor Navy (Naval Architecture Book) Anapolis Academy Navy United States North America Editor, 1960.

Usage examples of "mate".

He should boast of his accomplishment and use it as a warning to any others who might attempt to abscond with the affections of his mate.

Tim had always found himself especially attuned to the deserted charms of Candie Gardens in winter, enjoying the bare traceries of the trees and the widened harbour view, the few points of colour against the monochrome background - the red and pink of the camellias near the top gate, the hanging yellow bells of the winter-flowering abutilon with their red clappers, even the iridescence of the mallard drake circling the largest of the ponds with his speckled mate.

If mi mates ivver tempt me an get me to rooam, Aw sup pop when awm aght an sup whisky at hooam.

She is of a direct line of eight generations of the alated, and because of the strength of her blood you are commanded to take her to mate in hope that you can bring forth a child that is worthy of Mentor!

Himalayas, knowing a mate must be somewhere up there among the alpenglow and mist.

He headed for the fountain to wait for his grandson, treading like a snow leopard across the Himalayas, knowing a mate must be somewhere up there among the alpenglow and mist.

When matesi struggled to escape a shrewd crack over his scalp with a marlin spike quieted him and, with his mates, he was shoved into the longboat and rowed out to where the Gull lay anchored at the edge of the shoals.

Every arachnoid still emerged for sexual mating, and also for certain ritual gymnastic exercises.

While every healthy arachnoid longed to take part in the adventurous new life, he or she longed also, through sheer affection and symbiotic entanglement, to assist his or her ichthyoid mate to have an equal share in that life.

The beast had been killed but there had been a mate and Arthen who should have maintained watch had been taken by surprise.

Say that I am woman, for now the prophecy of this dead Atene lies heavy on my soul, Atene who said that mortal and immortal may not mate.

This meal was fresh fish, beans and onions, bread, oil, and watered wine, but when he tried to leave a big portion for Aumery, his squadron mates frowned and finger-signed their displeasure.

I told the aunt that I found her niece so pretty that I would renounce my bachelorhood if I could find such a mate.

In Basilica, where women had their pick of men, it would be one piss-poor specimen of womanhood who would choose a cripple like Issib for a mate.

Whilst the Grey Swords, bereft of one god, have chosen to kneel before two othersa mated, if riven, pair.