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

One day José called me urgently to go to Madrid to visit markets and restaurants with some American partners. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 2019 But in the eight years since the shuttle's retirement, the U.S. has had no way to launch its own people, relying on paying tens of millions of dollars per seat to an increasingly hostile partner in Russia. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Not Going Back to the Moon: A Brief Timeline," 27 Mar. 2019 Unfortunately, many of Google's dynamic email partners are services and advertisers, which may or may not be valuable:, Despegar, Doodle, Ecwid, Freshworks, Nexxt, OYO Rooms, Pinterest and redBus. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Update: Google Gmail, Microsoft add 'dynamic email,' to avoid the pain of new tabs," 27 Mar. 2019 To make SameYou possible, Clarke teamed up with several U.K. and U.S. partners, such as the Stroke Association, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Nursing Now, and more. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Suffering From Brain Injuries, and Then Announces Her New Charity, SameYou," 21 Mar. 2019 That instinct for connecting others is the basis of her new business, the Eye, a Hollywood-style management agency for designers and architects, with partner Joanna August. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Remodeled Los Angeles Home is a Magnet for Friends and Hollywood Stars Alike," 11 Mar. 2019 With 176 partner organizations located in schools, museums, community organizations and universities, SciGirls Connect hosts clubs, camps, and after-school programs for girls across 35 states. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 On March 5, Ariana became the face of the new Cloud Macchiato, unveiling the drink on Twitter with a picture of herself looking relaxed in a green Starbucks apron and hanging with her dogs and Starbucks partners in her kitchen. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Fans Are Questioning Her Vegan Status Because Her Starbucks Cloud Macchiatos Contain Eggs," 8 Mar. 2019 In the wake of the PDA allegations surrounding Jordyn Woods and Khloé Kardashian’s partner, Tristan Thompson, there’s been a lot of speculation over how the model’s relationship with Kylie Jenner would be affected. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Jordyn Woods and Kylie Jenner Are Reportedly Rebuilding Their Friendship," 9 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mercado Little Spain, the first New York endeavor for José Andrés, who partnered with Ferrán and Albert Adrià, was designed by Capella Garcia Arquitectura in collaboration with ICRAVE. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, Kohl’s, too, has been taking risks by partnering with Amazon. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Retail Report Card for 2018: From Walmart to Tiffany’s," 29 Dec. 2018 Alex Wong / Getty To be like other restaurants, the fast-food salad chain Sweetgreen might join the crowd in partnering with a tech giant like Amazon or Uber. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018 That territory comes with considerable regulations, and Bloomberg noted at the time that most financial startups worked around that by partnering with existing banks and license-holders. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Following criticism, Robinhood backtracks on checking and savings feature," 15 Dec. 2018 By partnering with Google, Goop has an opportunity to affiliate its brand with big data and proven fact, without actually validating any of its own claims. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why Google wants to sell its gadgets in Goop stores," 17 Oct. 2018 Coming up with these scents wasn't a matter of partnering with a company and slapping her name on the label. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You're Going To Be Obsessed With Amber Interiors' New Candles," 11 Sep. 2018 But Khan has repeatedly said Pakistan is no longer interested in partnering with the United States in war. Fox News, "US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul," 7 Sep. 2018 By partnering with real estate developers, Ohana’s service can offer sustainable transit options where people already live and work. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sacramento’s $44 million plan to become the U.S. electric car capital," 17 July 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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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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