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1. A companion who provides assistance or support, especially a wife or husband. It's only by the support of my lifelong helpmate that I was able to get through the hardship of my father's death.
2. Anything or anyone that aids, assists, or is helpful, especially regularly or constantly. We've entered an age where phones are no longer merely tools for communication—they've become helpmates in nearly every facet of life.

she'll be right(, mate)

Everything will be OK; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Dave: "I'm just really worried that something's going to go wrong at the conference." Jim: "I know she'll be right, with how hard you've worked! Sarah: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." Janet: "She'll be right, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment.

mate someone with someone

 and mate an animal with some other animal
to pair or breed people or animals. The king sought to mate his daughter with the son of a magician. Harry wanted to mate his guppies with June's guppies.
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mate with an animal

[for an animal] to copulate with its own kind. The gander mated with the goose in the barnyard. The coyote acted as if it wanted to mate with the dog.
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mate with someone

to marry with someone, and presumably, to copulate with someone. Did you meet anyone you would like to mate with and spend the rest of your life with?
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label mate

n. someone who records on the same label (as the speaker). (Record industry.) Frank Duke is my label mate, and we like to get together and gossip about the record industry.
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References in classic literature ?
Mate says we must be past Straits of Dover, as in a moment of fog lifting he saw North Foreland, just as he heard the man cry out.
I would get the second mate to relieve me at that hour.
Instantly both he and his mate leaped for the long neck of the ruminant.
This time we shall make sure of one scoundrel--sure that he will never again harm us or another," and with a sudden wrench he twisted the neck of the perfidious mate until there was a sharp crack, and the man's body lay limp and motionless in the ape-man's grasp.
You see, that mate, with his black boys, had not been drowned.
An' me on a wunter passage, blowin' a luvin' gale half the time, wuth hurricane force in atweenwhiles, an' hove to sux days, wuth engines stopped an' bunker coal runnun' short, an' me wuth a mate thot stupid he could no pass a shup's light ot night wi'out callun' me tull the brudge.
One careless sniff had satisfied his mate, and she trotted on to reassure him.
It reminded me so strong of the First Mate tearing loose as soon as I begin to fiddle that I come nearer to laughing out loud in church than I ever did before or since.
Franklin did not seem to expect conversational ease from the new second mate.
Johnson fought bravely enough, but he was no match for Wolf Larsen, much less for Wolf Larsen and the mate.
The mate mentioned his name and I nodded to him in passing.
I ordered Friday and the captain's mate to go over the little creek westward, towards the place where the savages came on shore, when Friday was rescued, and so soon as they came to a little rising round, at about half a mile distant, I bid them halloo out, as loud as they could, and wait till they found the seamen heard them; that as soon as ever they heard the seamen answer them, they should return it again; and then, keeping out of sight, take a round, always answering when the others hallooed, to draw them as far into the island and among the woods as possible, and then wheel about again to me by such ways as I directed them.
We found her a ship of Bristol, bound home from Barbadoes, but had been blown out of the road at Barbadoes a few days before she was ready to sail, by a terrible hurricane, while the captain and chief mate were both gone on shore; so that, besides the terror of the storm, they were in an indifferent case for good mariners to bring the ship home.
They were nearly all whalemen; chief mates, and second mates, and third mates, and sea carpenters, and sea coopers, and sea blacksmiths, and harpooneers, and ship keepers; a brown and brawny company, with bosky beards; an unshorn, shaggy set, all wearing monkey jackets for morning gowns.
I met my mates in the morning (and, oh, but I am old