part·​ner | \ ˈpärt-nər How to pronounce partner (audio) also ˈpärd- How to pronounce partner (audio) \

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 How to pronounce partnerless (audio) 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

The deal still looks likely, but faced new criticism Tuesday from Renault’s leading union and questions from its Japanese alliance partner Nissan. Washington Post, "Renault delays decision on Fiat Chrysler marriage proposal," 5 June 2019 For the past six years, Silver Circle Sports Events and its partners have hosted the event at Menomonee Park, W220 N7884 Townline Road, on the morning of Fathers Day. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You don't need gifts to bond with your dad on Fathers Day. Try these suburban Milwaukee activities instead.," 5 June 2019 Mexico is one of the United States’ largest trading partners, and tariffs would increase prices for consumers on a wide range of products, including automobiles, washing machines, avocados, fresh fruits, clothing and beer., "Today: Mexico Makes Its Anti-Tariff Case," 4 June 2019 But there is still uncertainty over how the United States will resolve escalating trade wars with China and Mexico, two of the country's biggest trading partners. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Asia markets jump on Wall Street rally," 4 June 2019 My partner Chris Dixon describes our job as VCs as investing in good ideas that look like bad ideas. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "How Early-Stage VCs Decide Where to Invest," 4 June 2019 Renault’s board postponed a decision on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ proposed merger, extending discussions for a second day after its partner Nissan Motor put up resistance to the deal. Tara Patel, Fortune, "Renault Slows Its Roll Toward Merger With Fiat Chrysler," 4 June 2019 Nat Geo used data from its partner Resonance Consultancy to come up with this list, which also includes New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, Seattle’s Capitol Hill and Boston’s Back Bay neighborhoods. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "National Geographic says this Miami neighborhood is one of the friendliest in the country. Seriously.," 4 June 2019 This is one area in which SpaceX is especially keen to find partners. Ben Pearson, Ars Technica, "SpaceX beginning to tackle some of the big challenges for a Mars journey," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nike Lab, the high concept boutique known for producing the hottest sneaker collabs around has been partnering with Abloh for the last five years on some of the most coveted shoes ever. David Syrek,, "Virgil Abloh is taking over Chicago this summer — and he designed a Nike sneaker just for us," 6 June 2019 DeSantis wants to partner with researchers and universities in Israel to tackle the Sunshine State’s problems, including water quality. miamiherald, "DeSantis says Cabinet will look into sexual harassment allegations against bank regulator," 4 June 2019 There have been tough challenges before: Google had to turn to the internet for suggestions for the naming of Android N, and O would have probably been a calamity had Google not been able to partner with Nabisco to get the Oreo name. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What will Google call Android 10 Q?," 6 May 2019 For viewers at home, Hallmark has partnered with five streaming platforms to watch the series, in addition to the real-time television screening. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Watch and Stream 'When Calls the Heart' Any Time You Want," 5 May 2019 Delta, for example, has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to show you the approximate environmental impact of your flight and offer an option to donate to various forest protection projects to offset the damage done. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Book a Flight and This App Will Offset Your CO2 Emissions for Free," 1 May 2019 Rosewood, the hotel brand behind properties like the Carlyle in New York and the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, has partnered with Caruso to manage the hotel. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 Missoni has partnered with Adidas Running on a limited-edition collection of performance shoes and sports apparel, releasing today at and Missoni boutiques, and tomorrow at Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Missoni and Adidas Meet Cute—Very, Very Cute," 24 Apr. 2019 Now, the powerhouse duo has partnered for a second round, this time on a limited-edition makeup collection inspired by all your back-to-school staples. Kaleigh Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "Moschino and Sephora Created a New Makeup Collection," 17 Apr. 2019

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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

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of partner was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce partner (audio) \

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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