What does mate mean?

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  1. A fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate.
  2. (animal) A breeding partner.
  3. (colloquial, Britain, Australia, New Zealand) a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male, of similar age
  4. (nautical) In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
  5. (nautical) A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship.
  6. (nautical) A first mate.
  7. A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate); sometimes an apprentice.
  8. The other member of a matched pair of objects.
  9. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
  1. (intransitive) To match, fit together without space between.
  2. (intransitive) To copulate.
  3. (intransitive) To pair in order to raise offspring
  4. (transitive) To arrange in matched pairs.
  5. (transitive) To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  6. (transitive, of an animal) To copulate with.
  7. (transitive) To marry; to match (a person).
  8. (transitive) To match oneself against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
  9. (transitive) To fit (objects) together without space between.
  10. (aeronautics) To move (a space shuttle orbiter) onto the back of an aircraft that can carry it.
  1. (chess) Short for checkmate.
  1. (intransitive) To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate
  2. To confuse; to confound.
  1. Alternative spelling of maté, an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).
  2. The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea
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