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part·​ner ˈpärt-nər How to pronounce partner (audio)
ˈpärd- How to pronounce partner (audio)
: one associated with another especially in an action : associate, colleague
our military partners throughout the world
: a person with whom one shares an intimate relationship : one member of a couple
Evan and his partner are going on a Caribbean cruise.
: either of two persons who dance together
: one of two or more persons who play together in a game against an opposing side
partners in card games
: a member of a partnership especially in a business
partners in a law firm
also : such membership
: one of the heavy timbers that strengthen a ship's deck to support a mast
usually used in plural
archaic : one that shares : partaker
ˈpärt-nər-ləs How to pronounce partner (audio)
 also  ˈpärd-


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partnered; partnering; partners

intransitive verb

: to join as a partner

transitive verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
In fact, joining Fisher for our interview were partners Nathan Prevendar and Takashige Ikawa (referred to as Taka by colleagues). Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024 Edward Scamp told Herald news partner CBS Miami that Smith, 49, was his brother. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 4 June 2024
Moore is partnering with Eucerin to shed light on its effective skin care and to help the brand encourage people to expect more from its products Mandy Moore is in a new beauty era. Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 At her other business, Luu has partnered with Asian Resources, Inc. and Sacramento Employment and Training Agency to connect local youth with job training programs. Camila Pedrosa, Sacramento Bee, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for partner 

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4


circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near partner

Cite this Entry

“Partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: one associated in action with another : colleague
: either of a couple who dance together
: one of two or more persons who play together in a game against an opposing side
: a person with whom one shares an intimate relationship : one member of a couple
: a member of a partnership

Legal Definition


: 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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