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Topic: BIOLOGY

Sense: 1-2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: MATE1
Sense: 3
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: mater, from mat 'checkmate', from Arabic

mate

2 verb
     
mate2
1 [intransitive]HBA if animals mate, they have sex to produce babies
mate with
It's quite common for male birds to mate with several females.
2 [transitive]HBA to put animals together so that they will have sex and produce babies:
Rabbits can be mated as early as six months old.
3 [transitive]DGB to achieve the checkmate of your opponent in chess
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