noun part·ner·ship \-ˌship\

: the state of being partners

: a relationship between partners

: a business that is owned by partners

Full Definition of PARTNERSHIP

:  the state of being a partner :  participation
a :  a legal relation existing between two or more persons contractually associated as joint principals in a business
b :  the persons joined together in a partnership
:  a relationship resembling a legal partnership and usually involving close cooperation between parties having specified and joint rights and responsibilities


  1. two people joined in partnership
  2. scientists working in partnership with each other
  3. The company is developing a new car in partnership with leading auto manufacturers in Japan.
  4. Their marriage is a partnership that has remained strong despite family illness.
  5. The singing duo has maintained a successful partnership for 20 years.
  6. a notable partnership between two experienced scientists in the field
  7. He joined the partnership last year.

First Known Use of PARTNERSHIP

May 22, 2015
nepotism Hear it
favoritism based on kinship
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