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

Definition of partner

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one associated with another especially in an action : associate, colleague our military partners throughout the world
b : a person with whom one shares an intimate relationship : one member of a couple Evan and his partner are going on a Caribbean cruise.
c : either of two persons who dance together
d : one of two or more persons who play together in a game against an opposing side partners in card games
2 : a member of a partnership especially in a business partners in a law firm also : such membership
3 : one of the heavy timbers that strengthen a ship's deck to support a mast usually used in plural
4 archaic : one that shares : partaker


partnered; partnering; partners

Definition of partner (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to join as a partner

transitive verb

1 : to join or associate with another as partner
2 : to provide with a partner

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Other Words from partner


partnerless \ ˈpärt-​nər-​ləs How to pronounce partner (audio) also  ˈpärd-​ \ adjective

Examples of partner in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb 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 Another thing to keep an eye out for is whether the prospective partner’s curriculum comes equipped with enough practical exercises and the digital tools necessary for running them, as well as its graduate placement rate. Roy Zur, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Fubo Gaming also will be the presenting partner of Cavs Pick ‘Em, a free-to-play live predictive gaming platform that debuted last season in GameDay+ inside the Cavs App. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 Peloton star Cody Rigsby has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time after his Dancing with the Stars partner Cheryl Burke contracted the virus. Ashley Boucher,, 30 Sep. 2021 Lerow was the seventh partner that Burns has played within winning the gold. Gary Curreri,, 30 Sep. 2021 China is the principal trading partner of many countries in the Indo-Pacific. Tim Groser, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 The United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties is the fiscal partner and has raised more than $500,000 since the program launched in 2018. Ashley Luthern,, 29 Sep. 2021 Lavazza is the official coffee partner for tennis tournaments from Wimbledon to the U.S. Open, so pair your coffee with their signature mug for an Ace experience. Julie Tong, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2021 The judge ruled against Steele and his wife on multiple counts, finding that Steele fraudulently induced the partner to invest by falsely promising him a share of future profits. Jon Swaine, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The UAE Space Agency will once again partner with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder, which also works with the UAE on the Emirates Mars Mission. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Why not partner up with other companies to build a service startup or empower your IT staff as speakers and consultants? Mario Janschitz, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Lauderdale will partner with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. Jem Aswad, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 Under Evers’ proposal, the Department of Financial Institutions would partner with a philanthropic organization, which would fund and administer the program, not the state. Ashley Luthern,, 29 Sep. 2021 South Dakota Mines will partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions and Engineering Lab. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 The group’s charitable fund will also partner with Global Citizen in order to work on philanthropic initiatives surrounding the tour. Okla Jones, Essence, 21 Sep. 2021 The district would partner with an outside testing service. Yana Kunichoff, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2021 The brewery will also partner with the owners of the former Fox and Fern Cafe in Forest Hill to offer food and coffee on the four-acre property. James Whitlow,, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of partner


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4


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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“Partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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