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mate with

1. To copulate so as to produce children or offspring with. The female praying mantis is notorious for eating the head of its male mate after—or sometimes while—mating with him. A: "She's a nice girl and all, but I don't know if she's someone I'd want to mate with." B: "Ugh, can you please not refer to it as 'mating'?"
2. To pair an animal with a mate so that the two will copulate and produce offspring. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "mate" and "with." I'm been mating my English bulldog with a number of female dogs around the state.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 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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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.
See also: animal, mate
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Diploid males are produced by 'matched mating' where the sex allele of a male the queen mates with is the same as one of the queen's two, different, alleles.
If a queen bee mates with two males, although her chances of making a matched mating are doubled, the number of diploid males that could be produced decreases from 50% to 25%.
Professor Ratnieks said: 'If a queen mates with two males instead of one, her chance of being executed double.
Women seek older mates with good financial prospects, higher status, and ambition.
Females mated to sterile males readily re-mate with untreated males and the sperm of untreated males are able to fertilize eggs even after a female subsequently mates with a sterile male (Sirot et al.
A female always mates with the first male to relocate her after she has temporarily evaded a group of suitors.
If, as apparently in the case of the squirrels, she flees from any male and then mates with any who catch her, she has practiced indirect mate choice.
Interspecies encounters don't yield dead-end hybrids as long as a female also mates with her own kind.
A clan usually consists of one to five related adult females, one dominant adult male that mates with the females, and the pups.
Finally, such males often help their mates with child-rearing tasks.
About 100 males pursue the lone female in a courtship dance that culminates in a tangled "mating ball." Only one snake actually mates with her; the rest return to the den entrance to wait for the next female to emerge.