mate
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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 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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mate
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Usage note
The words "mates" and "mate" can be used in Spanish to refer to the subject of mathematics. The adjective "mate" is sometimes invariable, which means its form does not change according to the gender or number of the noun it describes.
mate(
mah
-
teh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (chess)
a. mate
El jugador consiguió mate en cinco movimientos.The player got a mate in five moves.
b. checkmate
Esto es un mate de torre con ayuda de un caballo.This is checkmate using a rook helped by a knight.
2. (drink)
a. maté
El mate es una infusión típica argentina.Maté is a typical Argentinian herbal infusion.
3. (recipient for drinking maté)
a. gourd
Prepara el mate para echar la infusión.Get the gourd ready for pouring in the infusion.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(brain) (Southern Cone)
a. head
¿Estás bien del mate?Are you all right in the head?
5. (sports)
a. smash (tennis or badminton)
El tenista tenía un mate muy potente.The tennis player had a very powerful smash.
b. slam dunk (basketball)
El equipo ganó el partido gracias a un mate espectacular.The team won the match thanks to a beautiful slam dunk.
c. dunk (basketball)
¿Me enseñas cómo hacer un mate en baloncesto?Will you show me how to do a dunk in basketball?
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
6. (mathematics)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. math
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Qué tal el examen de mate? - No manches, está bien papita.How's the math exam? - Oh my gosh, it's so easy.
b. maths (United Kingdom)
La profe de mate es bien buena onda.The maths teacher is really nice.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
7. (not shiny)
a. matte
El dependiente me dio la pintura mate en vez de la de brillo.The store clerk gave me matte paint instead of gloss.
b. matt
Quiero pintar la pared blanco mate.I want to paint the wall matt white.
c. mat
La nueva moda en el maquillaje es llevar el pintalabios mate.Mat lipstick is the latest trend in makeup.
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mate
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. matt
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (sports)
a. mate, checkmate
3. (en baloncesto)
a. dunk
4. (en tenis)
a. smash
5. (infusión) (Southern Cone)
a. maté
yerba matebitter maté tea
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mate
adjective
(sin brillo) matt; [+sonido] dull;
mate
(Ajedrez) mate
dar mate a to mate; checkmate
mate
(Latinoamérica)
1 (bebida) maté
mate cocido maté infusion
mate de coca coca leaf tea
mate de menta mint tea
2 (vasija) gourd; maté pot
pegar mate (Centroamérica) to go crazy
tener mucho mate (Centroamérica) to be sharp
3 (S. Cone) (cabeza) head; nut (familiar); noggin (familiar); (EEUU)
mate
(Tenis) smash
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Phrases with "mate"
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Phrases with "mate"
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yerba mate
yerba mate
jaque mate
checkmate
tomar mate
to drink maté
dar jaque mate
to checkmate
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