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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partnerless \ˈpärt-nər-ləs alsoˈpärd- \ adjective

Synonyms for partner

Synonyms: Noun

better half, consort, mate, spouse

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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

For the past seven years, The Sun has showcased the region's Top Workplaces each December, based on surveys of their employees by our partner, Energage, which has conducted Top Workplace surveys for dozens of news organizations across the country., "Deadline extended for nominations for the Top Workplaces in the Baltimore region," 14 July 2018 Her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, was also hospitalized as critically ill, but has since regained consciousness and remains in serious but stable condition. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "British police identify source of Russian nerve agent that killed woman," 13 July 2018 Hill tracks his partner to the Siberian city of Mirny, chartering a private jet to the remote gem-mining outpost in hopes of locating Pyotr and recovering the missing samples. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Siberia': Film Review," 13 July 2018 Its other North American partner, Pinewood Atlanta Studios, which opened four years ago, has become a big draw for major movies shooting in Georgia. Erik Heinrich,, "Toronto has been a film and TV hub for decades. Now Guillermo del Toro may give the Canadian city an edge," 12 July 2018 She is survived and will be dearly missed by; her life partner, Linda Dirga of New Britain, a sister, Anne Crawford and her husband Larry of Middletown, RI, a brother, Robert Walling of Middletown, RI., "Kathleen M. Walling," 12 July 2018 LaRowe will remain at the helm until Herman can move to Charlotte with his partner, Harry Gerard, and their dogs, Abby and Lola. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Mint Museum names new president and CEO," 12 July 2018 Whittle and his main partner, Phillip Mott, had tapped a sea change in the culture. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018 Since kicking off a Mediterranean vacation last month, the eldest Kardashian has spent her days floating through Italy’s hotspots on a yacht with her children Mason, Penelope, and Reign Disick and her partner, model Younes Bendjima. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Is Kourtney Kardashian Having the Best Summer Ever?," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to People, the mom of two is partnering with her friend Cassie Zebisch and her pastor, Tim Storey, to open a series of drug and alcohol rehab centers next year. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Is Going to Open Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers," 5 July 2018 The new campaign, said organizers, will partner more than 60 national and state-based organizations and networks, that are primarily led by Black women., "Black Women Launch Major Voter Campaign For Mid-Term Election Cycle," 11 May 2018 That's one of the reasons the city is partnering with CompTIA. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora to apply for $1 million grant for job training program," 25 Apr. 2018 Public Works will partner with organizations like Friends of the Urban Forest and other nonprofit groups to get the trees planted, Short said. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "2,000 new trees for San Francisco — and less carbon in the air, too," 19 Apr. 2018 Sterling, who has recently partnered with Clorox and their Clean is the Beginning campaign, admitted that much of the season is going to focus on Deja, Beth and Randall's foster child. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Sterling K. Brown Just Shared Major Spoilers From Season 3," 11 July 2018 Levine also had an ugly falling-out with Albert Scaglione, a Michigan businessman who partnered with him in 1996 to launch art auctions. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 That change simply reflects how people think about the park, says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of Gateway Arch Park Foundation, a nonprofit group that partnered with the National Park Service to raise funds and oversee the renovation. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 Jealous railed against Hogan by painting him as an ineffective governor who partners with or remains silent about the Trump administration. Doug Donovan,, "Joe Biden joins Maryland Democrats in Baltimore to rally behind Ben Jealous' campaign for govenor," 1 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


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


see partner entry 1

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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 \

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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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