part·​ner | \ˈpärt-nər also ˈpärd- \

Definition of partner 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : one that shares : partaker

2a : one associated with another especially in an action : associate, colleague our military partners throughout the world

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 partners in card games

d : a person with whom one shares an intimate relationship : one member of a couple Evan and his partner are going on a Caribbean cruise.

3 : a member of a partnership especially in a business partners in a law firm also : such membership

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


partnered; partnering; partners

Definition of partner (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to join or associate with another as partner

2 : to provide with a partner

intransitive verb

: to join as a partner

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Other Words from partner


partnerless \ ˈpärt-​nər-​ləs also  ˈpärd-​ \ adjective

Examples of partner in a Sentence


His partner, his wife of 20 years, was shocked to hear about his accident. They are partners in the real estate business. Singapore's most important trading partner is Indonesia. She was a senior partner at the Wall Street firm. We were each assigned a partner for the project.


The sporting goods store partnered with the newspaper to sponsor the road race. She partnered with her sister, and they opened a candy shop together.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Joining the cast is Katherine Heigl as Samantha Wheeler, an abrasive partner at Pearson Specter Litt. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of July 15-21," 14 July 2018 Miles Dale, who has been Del Toro’s producing partner for years, said the filmmaker views Toronto as his second home outside Los Angeles. Erik Heinrich,, "Toronto has been a film and TV hub for decades. Now Guillermo del Toro may give the Canadian city an edge," 12 July 2018 They were joined by other council members and project partners. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Aldermen unveil new app to help combat unemployment in Milwaukee," 12 July 2018 Ties to a toxic boss Craig Buffkin, managing partner at Buffkin/Baker, an executive recruiting agency, said Papa John's is unique in maintaining such a long connection to the company's roots. Grace Schneider, USA TODAY, "Analysts: Papa John's better off without a key ingredient: Papa John himself," 12 July 2018 Confusion about how right a partner is seems to be widespread. Jenna Birch,, "You've Already Broken Up Once—Here’s How to Know if the Relationship Can Really Work," 10 July 2018 Fisher's partner in running Connecting with Code is David Mutchler, a Rose-Hulman professor of computer science and software engineering. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Rose-Hulman professor hopes to get more girls in STEM by studying the Irish," 10 July 2018 In an effort to revitalize the monastery and the surrounding areas, Vardanyan, together with his partners and friends, launched the Tatev Revival project. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "How a Record-Breaking Aerial Tramway Helped Save a Centuries-Old Armenian Monastery," 6 July 2018 This is a great opportunity to deploy our capabilities in addiction and pain research together with our Connecticut partners in an exciting and much-needed statewide initiative. Kathleen Megan,, "UConn Health, Jackson Lab To Collaborate On Statewide Pain Consortium," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

She and Adam paid back their good fortune of getting through the storm by partnering with an organization to help those who were not as lucky. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Who Is Danielle Busby? Everything You Need to Know About the Mom of Quints on 'Outdaughtered'," 15 June 2018 The city of Waukegan is partnering with the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless to assess homelessness in the city, an effort that both city officials and PADS Lake County advocates hope will lead to long-term solutions. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan partners with Lake County Coalition for Homeless in wake of PADS Lake County complaints," 10 June 2018 There's a pilot shortage in this country, and several airlines are combating the problem by partnering with K-State to guarantee jobs to graduates like Mitchell. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Airlines are clamoring to hire K-State graduates and reverse pilot shortage," 8 June 2018 The Dixons believe in giving back to the community and have a long history of partnering with the college in support of scholarships and programming – including naming the Dixie Construction Fitness Center in the Susquehanna Center. The Aegis, "Harford Community College celebrates 60th graduation Thursday," 25 May 2018 The center is partnering with Gaby Iron & Metal, Governors State University and Homewood Disposal for the PopUp Science Metal Mania event. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "Homewood kicks off summer festival season June 9 and 10 with Artisan Street Fair," 18 May 2018 To provide these internal services, Instagram is partnering with a series of third-party services, including Fandango, GrubHub, Eventbrite, OpenTable, StyleSeat, and Yelp Reservations. Madeline Buxton,, "Instagram Is Becoming A One-Stop Shop For Everything," 8 May 2018 The district is also partnering with the Lower Kuskokwim School District to use some of its Yup'ik language curriculum. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "The latest language immersion program for Anchorage students: Yup’ik," 23 Apr. 2018 Alley Repertory Theater is partnering with Rediscovered Books to bring you a new monthly reading series that explores works by new and established playwrights. idahostatesman, "Author and journalist Katherine Boo to speak in Boise | Idaho Statesman," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of partner


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for partner


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


see partner entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of partner

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of partner (Entry 2 of 2)

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


part·​ner | \ˈpärt-nər \

Kids Definition of partner

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

2 : either one of a married couple

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

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



Legal Definition of partner 

: 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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