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noun part·ner \ˈpärt-nər also ˈpärd-\

: 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

Full Definition of PARTNER

archaic :  one that shares :  partaker
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
:  a member of a partnership especially in a business; also :  such membership
:  one of the heavy timbers that strengthen a ship's deck to support a mast —usually used in plural
part·ner·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of PARTNER

  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 of PARTNER

Middle English partener, alteration of parcener, from Anglo-French, coparcener — more at parcener
First Known Use: 14th century



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

Full Definition of PARTNER

transitive verb
:  to join or associate with another as partner
:  to provide with a partner
intransitive verb
:  to join as a partner

Examples of PARTNER

  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


Rhymes with PARTNER

PARTNERLESS Defined for Kids


noun part·ner \ˈpärt-nər\

Definition of PARTNER for Kids

:  a person who does or shares something with another <You are my favorite dancing partner.>
:  either one of a married couple
:  someone who plays with another person on the same side in a game <a tennis partner>
:  one of two or more people who run a business together


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