mate(
meyt
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (romantic partner)
a. la pareja
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I read an article called, "What women look for in their perfect mate."Leí un artículo titulado "Lo que buscan las mujeres en su pareja perfecta".
b. el compañero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la compañera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Katie and her mate usually go to bed early.Katie y su compañero normalmente se acuestan temprano.
2. (each of a pair of animals)
a. el macho
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(masculine)
The black widow spider kills her mate after mating.La viuda negra mata al macho después de aparearse.
b. la hembra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(feminine)
The male tries to attract his mate with a beautiful dance.El macho intenta atraer a la hembra con una bonita danza.
3. (one of a pair)
a. el compañero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Has anyone seen the mate for this sock? - Did you look in the dryer?¿Alguien ha visto el compañero de este calcetín? - ¿Chequeaste en la secadora?
4. (nautical)
a. el oficial
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la oficial
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Who's the ship's first mate?¿Quién es el primer oficial de este barco?
5. (chess)
a. el jaque mate
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Getting a mate in chess can take several hours.Conseguir un jaque mate en ajedrez puede llevar varias horas.
b. el mate
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I have a plan to get a mate in two moves.Tengo un plan para lograr un mate en dos jugadas.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(friend) (United Kingdom)
a. el amigo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la amiga
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My sister is my best mate.Mi hermana es mi mejor amiga.
b. el colega
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la colega
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm going out with my mates from the club tonight.Voy a salir con mis colegas del club esta noche.
c. el cuate
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
My fishing mates are the best in the world.Mis cuates de pesca son los mejores del mundo.
7. (peer) (United Kingdom)
a. el compañero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la compañera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I get along with all my mates at school.Suelo llevarme bien con todos mis compañeros en el colegio.
b. el colega
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la colega
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Chuck and his mates are meeting at the pub after work today.Chuck y sus colegas van a encontrarse en el pub después del trabajo hoy.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(form of address) (United Kingdom)
a. hermano
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hey, mate, can you hand me a beer, please?Oye, hermano, ¿me pasas una cerveza, por favor?
b. el tío
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Mate, do me a favour and shut the door.Tío, hazme un favor y cierra la puerta.
c. el macho
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
¡Hiya, mate! Is that a new car you've got?¡Qué tal, macho! ¿Es un coche nuevo que traes ahí?
d. el mano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
What's up? - What's up, mate. Fancy a pint?¿Qué hubo? - ¿Qué hubo, mano? ¿Quieres una chela?
e. el che
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(River Plate)
Morning, mate! Ready for some fishing?¡Buen día, che! ¿Listo para pescar?
f. el gallo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
¡Hey, mate! Happy birthday!¡Wena, gallo! ¡Feliz cumpleaños!
g. el amigo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(stranger)
Hi, mate! Are you the new postman?¡Qué tal, amigo! ¿Eres el nuevo cartero?
h. el jefe
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(stranger)
Need a hand there, mate?¿Le ayudo, jefe?
i. el maestro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(stranger)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The queue starts over there mate.La fila comienza por allá, maestro.
9. (occupation) (United Kingdom)
a. el ayudante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la ayudante
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She has a three-month contract as a plumber's mate.Tiene un contrato de tres meses como ayudante de fontanero.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (to bring together for breeding)
a. aparear
I'm looking for a Persian male to mate my cat.Estoy buscando un macho persa para aparear a mi gata.
11. (chess)
a. dar jaque mate
I'm able to mate my opponent in less than ten moves.Estoy a punto de dar jaque mate a mi adversario en menos de diez jugadas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
12. (to match)
a. emparejar
As part of an arranged marriage, they were mated when they were only 17 years old.Como parte de un matrimonio arreglado, los emparejaron con tan solo 17 años de edad.
13. (to come together for breeding)
a. aparearse
All the kids saw the lion and the lioness mating in the zoo.Todos los niños vieron al león y la leona aparearse en el zoo.
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mate
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el jaque mate
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (general)
a. dar jaque mate a
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maté [ˈmɑːteɪ]
noun
mate (m) (cocido); yerba (f) mate
maté kettle pava (f)
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maté I killed
The word maté is the preterite form of matar in the first person singular. See the full matar conjugation.
matar
matar(
mah
-
tahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to take the life of)
a. to kill
El asaltante mató al vigilante del banco.The robber killed the bank's security guard.
b. to slaughter
Matan alrededor de 60 reses al día en el rastro municipal.They slaughter about 60 cattle a day in the municipal slaughterhouse.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to bother)
a. to kill
Estos zapatitos de cristal me están matando.These glass slippers are killing me.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to get mad at)
a. to kill
Mis papás me matarán si no saco buenas notas este semestre.My parents will kill me if I don't get good grades this semester.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to pass)
a. to kill
¿Quieres ir a un café para matar el tiempo antes de que empiece la película?Do you want to go to a cafe to kill time before the movie starts?
5. (to smooth)
a. to file down
Hay que matar la llave tantito para que quepa.You have to file the key down a bit so it will fit.
6. (to dull)
a. to tone down
Este color es demasiado fuerte para el dormitorio. Habrá que matarlo un poco.This color is far too strong for the bedroom. We'll need to tone it down a bit.
7. (to satisfy)
a. to quench
Necesito beber algo para matar la sed.I need to drink something to quench my thirst.
b. to slake
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
Tengo tanta sed que tendría que tomar un lago para matarla.I'm so thirsty that I'd have to drink a lake to slake my thirst.
c. to stave off
Voy a comer unas almendras para matar el hambre.I'm going to eat some almonds to stave off my hunger.
8. (to astound)
a. to shock
Me mató tu hermano con la noticia de su boda repentina en Las Vegas.Your brother shocked me with the news of his spur-of-the-moment wedding in Las Vegas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (religious)
a. to kill
¿Es el sexto el mandamiento que habla de no matar?Is the sixth commandment the one that talks about not killing?
matarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
10. (to commit suicide)
a. to kill oneself
Es la segunda vez que intenta matarse.This is the second time he's tried to kill himself.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
11.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to work hard)
a. to kill oneself
Los trabajadores se mataron para enviar el pedido a tiempo.The workers killed themselves to deliver the order on time.
12. (to die)
a. to be killed
El soldado se mató en la emboscada.The soldier was killed in the ambush.
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matar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (quitar la vida a)
a. to kill
lo mataron a puñaladashe was stabbed to death
2. (fam fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
si se entera me matashe'll kill me if she finds out
¡me vas a matar a disgustos!you'll be the death of me!
estar o llevarse a matar (con alguien)to be at daggers drawn (with somebody)
3. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
matarlas callandoto be up to something on the quiet
4. (animal; para consumo)
a. to slaughter
5. (apagar; color)
a. to tone down
6. (sed)
a. to slake, to quench
7. (hambre)
a. to stave off
8. (fuego)
a. to put out
9. (redondear, limar)
a. to round (off)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
10. (morir)
a. to die
se mató en un accidente de cochehe was killed in a car accident
11. (suicidarse)
a. to kill oneself
12. (esforzarse)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
matarse a trabajarto work oneself to death
matarse por hacer algoto kill oneself in order to do something
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matar
transitive verb
1 [+persona] to kill; [+reses, ganado] to kill; slaughter
la mató en un ataque de celos he killed her in a fit of jealousy; el jefe me va a matar the boss will kill me; matar a algn a golpes to beat sb to death
la mató de un cuchillazo / a cuchillazos
matar a algn a disgustos to make sb's life a misery; así me maten for the life of me; que me maten si ... I'll be damned if ...
matarlas callando to go about things slyly
entre todos la mataron (y ella sola se murió) they are all to blame
2 [+tiempo, pelota] to kill; [+sed] to quench; [+sello] to postmark; cancel; [+pieza] (en ajedrez) to take; [+cal] to slake; [+ángulo, borde] to file down; [+color] to dull
cómete una manzana para matar el hambre have an apple to keep you going
3 (molestar)
los zapatos me están matando these shoes are killing me (familiar); me mata tener que trabajar en sábado it's a pain having to work on a Saturday (familiar)
4 (sorprender)
¿se van a casar? ¡me has matado! they're getting married? you're kidding! (familiar)
intransitive verb
to kill
no matarás (Religión) thou shalt not kill; entrar a matar (Taur) to go in for the kill
estar o llevarse a matar con algn to be at daggers drawn with sb
pronominal verb
matarse
1 (suicidarse) to kill o.s.
se mató de un tiro he shot himself
2 (morir) to be killed; get killed
se mataron en un accidente de aviación they were killed in a plane crash
3 (esforzarse) to kill o.s.
convendría revisar estas facturas, pero no te mates these invoices need checking but don't kill yourself; matarse trabajando o a trabajar to kill o.s. with work; se mata para mantener a su familia he has to work like crazy to keep his family; se mata por sacar buenas notas he goes all out to get good marks
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