The Alternative Tagalog Dictionary: ate

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ate
noun: {{tl-noun}}
  1. A big sister: an elder sister, especially the eldest. Nagluto sina ate at nanay ng aming pananghalian. — Our big sister and Mother prepared lunch.
  2. (informal) Any female who deserves respect or reverence because of her age. Bumili ako ng pagkain kay ate. — I bought my food from the food stall vendor.
  3. (informal) Any female who belongs to a higher education level than to someone else, a senior. Tinanong ko ang ate sa hayskul, "Ate, ano po ang mga gawain niyo sa hayskul". — I asked my senior from high school, "What activities do you do in high school?"

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