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mate 1

 (māt)
n.
1. One of a matched pair: the mate to this glove.
2. A spouse or romantic partner.
3.
a. Either of a pair of birds or other animals that associate in order to propagate.
b. Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
c. Either of a pair of plants, fungi, or other organisms that engage in sexual reproduction or conjugation with each other.
4.
a. A person with whom one is in close association; an associate.
b. Chiefly British A good friend or companion.
c. A person with whom one shares living quarters. Often used in combination: advertised for a new flatmate.
5. A deck officer on a merchant ship ranking next below the master.
6. A US Navy petty officer who is an assistant to a warrant officer.
v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates
v.tr.
1. To join closely or combine: an engine that is mated to a four-speed transmission.
2. To cause to be united in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
3. To cause (organisms) to breed or bring (organisms) into close proximity for breeding.
v.intr.
1. To become joined in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
2.
a. To be paired for reproducing; breed.
b. To engage in sexual reproduction or conjugation.

[Middle English, from Middle Low German gemate, mate, messmate.]

mate 2

 (māt)
n.
A checkmate.
tr. & intr.v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates
To checkmate or achieve a checkmate.

[Middle English, from Old French mat, checkmated, from Arabic māt, he has died; see checkmate.]

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ma·te 3

 (mä′tā) also ma·té (mä-tĕ′)
n.
1. An evergreen shrub or small tree (Ilex paraguariensis) of South America, widely cultivated for its leaves, which are used to prepare a tealike beverage.
2. A tealike beverage, popular in South America, made from the dried leaves of this plant. Also called Paraguay tea, yerba mate.
3. An oval or rounded container or cup, traditionally made from a hollow calabash, in which this tea is prepared and served.

[American Spanish, from Quechua mati, calabash container.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mated - mated sexually
married - joined in matrimony; "a married man"; "a married couple"
matched - going well together; possessing harmonizing qualities
unmated - not mated sexually
2.mated - used of gloves, socks, etc.mated - used of gloves, socks, etc.    
matched - going well together; possessing harmonizing qualities
3.mated - of or relating to a marriage partnermated - of or relating to a marriage partner
married - joined in matrimony; "a married man"; "a married couple"
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In the late summer many males and new queens are produced and only mated queens hibernate and emerge in spring (Heinrich 2004; Duchateau and Velthusis 1988).
Previously, the UEA team had found that in a single mating, males exposed to male rivals prior to mating mated for significantly longer and produced more offspring than those held alone.
californica that has mated with multiple partners should remain in question.
Adult males were not mated for the first two days after collection.
Male chimps mated substantially more often with females age 30 or older than they did with younger females, the researchers say.
Previous research noted that successfully mated males in the field are larger (Fedorka and Mousseau, 2002).
Case in point: When a 400-pound Atlantic bottlenose dolphin and a 4,000-pound false killer whale mated off the coast of Hawaii, their wholphin offspring died at age 5, decades younger than the average 40- to 50-year life span of its parents.
In a series of laboratory experiments in which we gave 31 unpaired females a choice of three males, 7 (23%) females mated will all three males, 11(35%) mated with two males, and 13 (42%) mated with one male.
In the field, mated males average significantly larger than unmated.
In contrast to the numerous studies on changes in female reproductive behavior after mating, few studies have focused on male response to diminished pheromone production of mated females.
For the study, scientists mated two different strains of fruit fly females to males either from their own strain or to males from the other strain.