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Love vs. Mate

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Lovenoun

(uncountable) Strong affection.

Matenoun

A fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate.

Lovenoun

A profound and caring affection towards someone.

‘A mother’s love is not easily shaken.’; ‘My husband’s love is the most important thing in my life.’;

Matenoun

(especially of a non-human animal) A breeding partner.

Lovenoun

Affectionate, benevolent concern or care for other people or beings, and for their well-being.

Matenoun

A friend, usually of the same sex.

‘I'm going to the pub with a few mates.’; ‘He's my best mate.’;

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Lovenoun

A feeling of intense attraction towards someone.

‘I have never been in love as much as I have with you.’;

Matenoun

a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male, of similar age

‘Excuse me, mate, have you got the time?’;

Lovenoun

A deep or abiding liking for something; an enthusiasm for something.

‘My love of cricket knows no bounds.’;

Matenoun

(nautical) In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).

Lovenoun

(countable) A person who is the object of romantic feelings; a darling, a sweetheart, a beloved.

Matenoun

(nautical) A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship.

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Lovenoun

A term of friendly address, regardless of feelings.

‘Hello love, how can I help you?’;

Matenoun

(nautical) A first mate.

Lovenoun

A thing, activity, etc which is the object of one's deep liking or enthusiasm.

Matenoun

A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate); sometimes an apprentice.

Lovenoun

(euphemistic) Sexual desire; attachment based on sexual attraction.

Matenoun

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.’;

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Lovenoun

(euphemistic) Sexual activity.

Matenoun

A suitable companion; a match; an equal.

Lovenoun

An instance or episode of being in love; a love affair.

Matenoun

(chess) Short for checkmate.

Lovenoun

Used as the closing, before the signature, of a letter, especially between good friends or family members, or by the young.

Matenoun

alternative spelling of maté|nodot=1, an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis).

Lovenoun

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Matenoun

The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea

Lovenoun

(obsolete) A thin silk material.

Mateverb

(intransitive) To match, fit together without space between.

‘The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.’;

Lovenoun

A climbing plant, Clematis vitalba''.

Mateverb

(intransitive) To copulate.

Lovenoun

(racquet sports) Zero, no score.

‘So that’s fifteen-love to Kournikova.’;

Mateverb

(intransitive) To pair in order to raise offspring

Loveverb

To have a strong affection for (someone or something).

‘I love my spouse.’; ‘I love you!’;

Mateverb

(transitive) To arrange in matched pairs.

Loveverb

(transitive) To need, thrive on.

‘Mold loves moist, dark places.’;

Mateverb

(transitive) To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.

Loveverb

To be strongly inclined towards something; an emphatic form of like.

‘I love walking barefoot on wet grass;’; ‘I'd love to join the team;’; ‘I love what you've done with your hair’;

Mateverb

To copulate with.

Loveverb

To care deeply about, to be dedicated to (someone or something).

Mateverb

(transitive) To marry; to match (a person).

Loveverb

(transitive) To derive delight from a fact or situation.

‘I love the fact that the coffee shop now offers fat-free chai latte.’;

Mateverb

(transitive) To match oneself against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.

Loveverb

(transitive) To lust for.

Mateverb

(transitive) To fit (objects) together without space between.

Loveverb

To have sex with, (perhaps from make love.)

‘I wish I could love her all night long.’;

Mateverb

To move (a space shuttle orbiter) onto the back of an aircraft that can carry it.

Loveverb

To praise; commend.

Mateverb

(intransitive) To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate

Loveverb

To praise as of value; prize; set a price on.

Mateverb

To confuse; to confound.

Lovenoun

A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.

‘Of all the dearest bonds we proveThou countest sons' and mothers' loveMost sacred, most Thine own.’;

Matenoun

The Paraguay tea, being the dried leaf of the Brazilian holly (Ilex Paraguensis). The infusion has a pleasant odor, with an agreeable bitter taste, and is much used for tea in South America.

Lovenoun

Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex.

‘He on his sideLeaning half-raised, with looks of cordial loveHung over her enamored.’;

Matenoun

Same as Checkmate.

Lovenoun

Courtship; - chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.

‘Demetrius . . . Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,And won her soul.’;

Matenoun

One who customarily associates with another; a companion; an associate; any object which is associated or combined with a similar object.

Lovenoun

Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; - opposed to hate; often with of and an object.

‘Love, and health to all.’; ‘Smit with the love of sacred song.’; ‘The love of science faintly warmed his breast.’;

Matenoun

Hence, specifically, a husband or wife; and among the lower animals, one of a pair associated for propagation and the care of their young.

Lovenoun

Due gratitude and reverence to God.

‘Keep yourselves in the love of God.’;

Matenoun

A suitable companion; a match; an equal.

‘Ye knew me once no mateFor you; there sitting where you durst not soar.’;

Lovenoun

The object of affection; - often employed in endearing address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest love was reading.

‘Open the temple gates unto my love.’;

Matenoun

An officer in a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. If there are more than one bearing the title, they are called, respectively, first mate, second mate, third mate, etc. In the navy, a subordinate officer or assistant; as, master's mate; surgeon's mate.

Lovenoun

Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.

‘Such was his form as painters, when they showTheir utmost art, on naked Lores bestow.’; ‘Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.’;

Mateadjective

See 2d Mat.

Lovenoun

A thin silk stuff.

Mateverb

To confuse; to confound.

Lovenoun

A climbing species of Clematis (Clematis Vitalba).

Mateverb

To checkmate.

Lovenoun

Nothing; no points scored on one side; - used in counting score at tennis, etc.

‘He won the match by three sets to love.’;

Mateverb

To match; to marry.

‘If she be mated with an equal husband.’;

Lovenoun

Sexual intercourse; - a euphemism.

‘A little western flower,Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound;And maidens call it love-in-idleness.’;

Mateverb

To match one's self against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.

‘There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but it mates and masters the fear of death.’; ‘I, . . . in the way of loyalty and truth, . . .Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be.’;

Loveverb

To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love one's country; to love one's God.

‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’; ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self.’;

Mateverb

To breed; to bring (animals) together for the purpose of breeding; as, she mated a doberman with a German shepherd.

Loveverb

To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that of one sex for the other.

Mateverb

To join together; to fit together; to connect; to link; as, he mated a saw blade to a broom handle to cut inaccessible branches.

Loveverb

To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like; as, to love books; to love adventures.

‘Wit, eloquence, and poetry.Arts which I loved.’;

Mateverb

To be or become a mate or mates, especially in sexual companionship; as, some birds mate for life; this bird will not mate with that one.

Loveverb

To have the feeling of love; to be in love.

Matenoun

the officer below the master on a commercial ship

Lovenoun

a strong positive emotion of regard and affection;

‘his love for his work’; ‘children need a lot of love’;

Matenoun

a fellow member of a team;

‘it was his first start against his former teammates’;

Lovenoun

any object of warm affection or devotion;

‘the theater was her first love’; ‘he has a passion for cock fighting’;

Matenoun

the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner);

‘he loved the mare and all her mates’; ‘camels hate leaving their mates’;

Lovenoun

a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

Matenoun

a person's partner in marriage

Lovenoun

a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction;

‘their love left them indifferent to their surroundings’; ‘she was his first love’;

Matenoun

an exact duplicate;

‘when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook’;

Lovenoun

a score of zero in tennis or squash;

‘it was 40 love’;

Matenoun

South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea

Lovenoun

sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people;

‘his lovemaking disgusted her’; ‘he hadn't had any love in months’; ‘he has a very complicated love life’;

Matenoun

informal term for a friend of the same sex

Loveverb

have a great affection or liking for;

‘I love French food’; ‘She loves her boss and works hard for him’;

Matenoun

South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate

Loveverb

get pleasure from;

‘I love cooking’;

Matenoun

a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king

Loveverb

be enamored or in love with;

‘She loves her husband deeply’;

Mateverb

make love;

‘Birds mate in the Spring’;

Loveverb

have sexual intercourse with;

‘This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm’; ‘Adam knew Eve’; ‘Were you ever intimate with this man?’;

Mateverb

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’;

Love

Love encompasses a range of strong and positive emotional and mental states, from the most sublime virtue or good habit, the deepest interpersonal affection, to the simplest pleasure. An example of this range of meanings is that the love of a mother differs from the love of a spouse, which differs from the love of food.

Mateverb

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’;

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