Mer: Jo still hasn't given you a reason?
Alex: I don't need a reason. She doesn't want to marry me. I'm done. It's over. Maybe it's nobody's fault. Maybe you only get one.
Mer: One what? Soul mate? Or true love?
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.
These birds mate in the spring. (verb)
Spring is the mating season. (adjective)
They're mates. (noun)
The word "mate" can also refer to a person's spouse.
Pamela is a good mate.
Jeff tries his best to be a helpful mate.
He's proven over the years to be a good mate.
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.
Where is the mate for this black sock?
This glove is missing its mate.
It's been a real struggle to get these two parts of the company to mate. There are too many personality conflicts.
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."