- A big sister: an elder sister, especially the eldest. Nagluto sina ate at nanay ng aming pananghalian. — Our big sister and Mother prepared lunch.
- (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.
- (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?"