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noun part·ner \ˈpärt-nər also ˈpärd-\

Simple Definition of partner

  • : someone's husband or wife or the person someone has sexual relations with

  • : one of two or more people, businesses, etc., that work together or do business together

  • : someone who participates in an activity or game with another person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of partner

  1. 1 archaic :  one that shares :  partaker

  2. 2 a :  one associated with another especially in an action :  associate, colleague b :  either of two persons who dance together c :  one of two or more persons who play together in a game against an opposing side d :  a person with whom one shares an intimate relationship :  one member of a couple

  3. 3 :  a member of a partnership especially in a business; also :  such membership

  4. 4 :  one of the heavy timbers that strengthen a ship's deck to support a mast —usually used in plural


play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of partner in a sentence

  1. His partner, his wife of 20 years, was shocked to hear about his accident.

  2. They are partners in the real estate business.

  3. Singapore's most important trading partner is Indonesia.

  4. She was a senior partner at the Wall Street firm.

  5. We were each assigned a partner for the project.

Origin and Etymology of partner

Middle English partener, alteration of parcener, from Anglo-French, coparcener — more at parcener

First Known Use: 14th century



verb part·ner

Simple Definition of partner

  • : to be or become a partner : to join with someone or something as a partner

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of partner

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to join or associate with another as partner

  3. 2 :  to provide with a partner

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to join as a partner

Examples of partner in a sentence

  1. The sporting goods store partnered with the newspaper to sponsor the road race.

  2. She partnered with her sister, and they opened a candy shop together.


First Known Use of partner


PARTNER Defined for Kids


noun part·ner \ˈpärt-nər\

Definition of partner for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who does or shares something with another <You are my favorite dancing partner.>

  2. 2 :  either one of a married couple

  3. 3 :  someone who plays with another person on the same side in a game <a tennis partner>

  4. 4 :  one of two or more people who run a business together

Law Dictionary


noun part·ner

Legal Definition of partner

  1. :  one of two or more persons associated as joint principals in carrying on a business for the purpose of enjoying a joint profit :  a member of a partnership; specifically :  a partner in a law firm dormant partner :  silent partner in this entry general partner :  a partner whose liability for partnership debts and obligations is unlimited — compare limited partner in this entry limited partner :  a partner in a venture who has no management authority and whose liability is limited to the amount of his or her investment — compare general partner in this entry partner in commendam \-in-kə-ˈmen-dəm, -kō-ˈmen-ˌdäm\ in the civil law of Louisiana :  limited partner in this entry silent partner :  a partner who takes no active part in conducting the partnership business but who receives a share of its profits and whose existence is often not made public —called also dormant partner

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