What does amate mean?
The definition of amate
A*mate”, v. t.
Etym: [OF. amater, amatir.]

To dismay; to dishearten; to daunt. [Obs. or Archaic] The Silures, to amate the new general, rumored the overthrow greater than was true. Milton.

A*mate”, v. t.
Etym: [Pref. a- + mate.]

To be a mate to; to match. [Obs.] Spenser.