When two animals, male and female, come together for the purpose of reproduction, they mate. This word can be used as a verb, a noun, and as an adjective.
The word "mate" can also refer to a person’s spouse.
Sometimes we use "mate" to refer to one thing that matches another in a pair, such as a pair of gloves, a pair of socks, or any two things that go together.
In England and Australia, the word "mate" is popular when addressing a friend or when trying to appear friendly. In the United States, words such as "dude," "buddy," and "bro" are used instead of "mate."
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February 28, 2014