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  1. [noun] the officer below the master on a commercial ship
    Synonyms: first

  2. [noun] a fellow member of a team; "it was his first start against his former teammates"
    Synonyms: team

  3. [noun] the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner); "he loved the mare and all her mates"; "camels hate leaving their mates"

  4. [noun] a person's partner in marriage
    Synonyms: spouse, partner, married person, better half

  5. [noun] an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
    Synonyms: match

  6. [noun] South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea
    Synonyms: Paraguay tea, Ilex paraguariensis

  7. [noun] informal term for a friend of the same sex

  8. [noun] South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate

  9. [noun] a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
    Synonyms: check

  10. [verb] make love; "Birds mate in the Spring"
    Synonyms: copulate, pair, couple

  11. [verb] bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
    Synonyms: match, couple, pair, twin

  12. [verb] place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game; "Kasparov checkmated his opponent after only a few moves"
    Synonyms: check


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