Mate, also known as yerba mate, chimarrĂ£o or cimarrĂ³n, is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, particularly in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and the southern states of Brazil and to a lesser degree in south of Chile, the Bolivian Chaco, Syria and Lebanon. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water.

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  1. A fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate.
  2. A breeding partner.
  3. A friend, usually of the same sex.
    I'm going to the pub with a few mates.
    He's my best mate.
  4. a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male
    Excuse me, mate, have you got the time?
  5. In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. , , Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
  6. A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship.
  7. 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.
    ''I found one of the socks I wanted to wear, but I couldn't find its mate.
  10. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. Short for checkmate.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. , an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba mate ().
  2. The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea


  1. To match, fit together without space between.
    The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.
  2. To copulate.
  3. To pair in order to raise offspring
  4. To arrange in matched pairs.
  5. To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  6. To marry; to match (a person).
  7. To match oneself against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
  8. To fit (objects) together without space between.
  9. To move (a space shuttle orbiter) onto the back of an aircraft that can carry it.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate
  2. To confuse; to confound.

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