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

The whole notion of sweethearts, of partners, of families, of love itself has changed radically, which means that now V-day can be a celebration of all the different kinds of affections that dare to speak, to shout, to scream their names! Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "31 Fabulous Valentine’s Day Gifts to Celebrate Love in Every Form," 1 Feb. 2019 Is there a part of my relationship with my partner, friends, or family that needs working on? Sophie Gray, SELF, "Journaling Helped Me Rebuild My Life—Here’s How to Start a Practice That Can Help You," 11 Jan. 2019 Matrimonial law firms tend to be on the smaller side, but my guess is that in this case each side would have a main lawyer who is a quarterback leading a team of partners and other lawyers working on it. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "The Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos Divorce: One Lawyer Explains How to Split the World’s Biggest Fortune," 10 Jan. 2019 And don’t give up if your first attempt isn't immediately wonderful: This type of play can have a bit of a learning curve, so go at your own pace, communicate with your partner, and enjoy the ride. Zoë Ligon, Allure, "9 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Anal," 5 Nov. 2018 Of the three founding partners, Jennings is most involved with Republican politics. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Behind the PR Machine That Helped Change the Nick Sandmann Narrative," 25 Jan. 2019 The engine's main advantage is a greater power density than a Wankel can achieve because a more balanced design allows the motor to rev higher—so says Peter King, one of two partners at REDA. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 Well, Razer and a gaggle of partners, including Lofelt and Subpac. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 This gets it backward: U.S. industry is more energy-efficient than that of our largest trading partners, China and Canada. Ryan Costello, WSJ, "Lesson From 2018: Republicans Must Deal With Climate Change," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two longtime friends are partnering to bring a brick oven pizza concept to the former Chooch's Pizzeria in Elgin's downtown. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Brick oven pizza restaurant to open in downtown Elgin," 6 July 2018 The New World Symphony The New World Symphony orchestral academy is partnering with Carnegie Hall to host the National Youth Orchestra Summer Residency Program, July 16–21, at the New World Center in Miami Beach. Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "Credit union awards 15 four-year, full-tuition scholarships," 3 July 2018 Following the segment, the Daily Beast reports that many of the groups that partnered with the 2018 march would not return for 2019, and that one of the largest supporters, the Democratic National Committee, had pulled out. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "A Timeline of the Women's March Controversy," 18 Jan. 2019 Beyond sharing humorous and informative content, Wiley hopes to use Pattie as a platform to partner with outdoor brands and further promote inclusivity in the outdoors. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Meet Pattie Gonia, the Backpacking Drag Queen Promoting Inclusivity in the Outdoors," 11 Dec. 2018 The data backing this analysis, part of a report released this week by Carbon Black, came from 37 incident-response firms that partnered with the company. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "New data shows China has “taken the gloves off” in hacking attacks on US," 1 Nov. 2018 She's expanded from Walmart to Ulta stores, partnered with YouTube beauty greats like NikkieTutorials, and created my personal favorite affordable highlighter stick. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Exclusive: Drew Barrymore Is Launching Flower Beauty's First Skin-Care Product, the Supernova Celestial Skin Elixir," 4 Sep. 2018 The farming institute, which partnered with Historic Boston, the city, the Trust for Public Land, and the North Bennet Street School to revamp the property, plans to use the site as both a working farm and training center for future urban farmers. Marek Mazurek,, "Seeds of the past grow into farm of the future," 6 July 2018 Producers of the series, The Fred Rogers Company and Soles4Souls have partnered and asked PBS stations nationwide to join their anniversary efforts. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 14 June 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

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

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: 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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