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In Ghana, West Africa, this would be the conductor of a Tro-Tro. The mate collects bus fares, makes change, signals stops, arranges passengers and advertizes the tro-tro route, simultaneously.
Passenger: "Mate, Bus-stop, Atomic Junction"

Translation: Mate, could you please stop the van at Atomic Junction (name of a bus stop).

Mate: Pounds on door (and driver stops)

Passenger: Meedaase.

Translation: Thank-you
by & March 29, 2006
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Pronouced like Ma-ddie ]

A Bawm Ass Singer Who Is SUPER HELLA GORGEOUS And Super Obsessed With Twilight!
Like No Joke !!
Dayummmmmm. She Sings Like A Mate !!
by A.R.R June 27, 2009
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Originating from a certain public school which might be somewhere in the south of England perhaps, this is usually shouted at someone who has none. When yelled, it means "aha, you have no friends."
After a bad joke: "Oh, mates Jim."

OR, when talking about someone, "oh yeah, Jim has mates."

Except we come from good backgrounds therefore know nobody by the name of Jim.
by Ed W, who is Lord November 09, 2004
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Adjective, when something is mate, that thing is good.
Oh mate, this cake is well mate.
by Grimshaw November 20, 2007
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A word stolen by Australians from the English. A common word used in Australia, said to be an "aussie saying". This is a lie, it originated from England!
Hey mate, i'm only calling you mate because i live in Australia and think its an "aussie" thing to say, but really i stole it from England!
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new zealandish for friend, male OR female!
me and my mates are headed down to the mall
by CrAzY mIDgEt March 15, 2004
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