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 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

Much of the daylong session in the lower Chamber of Deputies resembled a soccer stadium with frenzied fans more than a hall of lawmakers weighing whether to confirm Italy’s second government of mismatched partners in 15 months., "‘‘Buffoon,’’ and ‘‘elections, elections’’ were some of the milder taunts shouted from the ranks of the opposition.," 10 Sep. 2019 On Monday that man, Martin Gallo-Gallardo, pleaded guilty to murdering his longtime partner, Coral Rodrigues-Lorenzo. oregonlive, "Portland man gets life in prison for killing partner, dumping her body near summer camp," 10 Sep. 2019 Wells' former business partner, who is not named in the affidavit, said Wells paid the agents 20% of the loses from gamblers. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Former IU basketball player Joe Hillman accused of link to New Palestine-based gambling ring," 9 Sep. 2019 Among his first employees was Will Leben, a linguistics professor at Stanford University who now oversees the firm’s in-house linguistics team and network of 90 linguist partners globally. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Swiffer. Blackberry. PowerBook. Meet the Bay Area man who named your favorite products," 7 Sep. 2019 What began as a small idea has quickly developed into a collaborative effort between a number of community partners. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball Innovation Lab to include 3D printing, virtual reality," 6 Sep. 2019 The right school for your friends, your partner, or your favorite teacher may not be the right school for you. Holly Schechter, Seventeen, "The Insider’s Guide to Nailing the College Application Process," 5 Sep. 2019 The stunt worked: Donations poured in, and researchers were able to track down a potential partner, who is, of course, named Juliet. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Last 14 Loa Water Frogs Had to Be Rescued From Their Natural Habitat," 31 Aug. 2019 Japan decided in early August to remove South Korea from a list of preferred trading partners on national-security grounds, citing concerns that components might end up in North Korea. The Economist, "An old grudge between Japan and South Korea is getting out of hand," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As confirmed on the club's official Twitter account, Suarez is now seemingly fit for the weekend's clash with Valencia, and could partner summer acquisition Antoine Griezmann up front in a two-man strike force., "Luis Suarez Returns to Barcelona Training Ahead of Clash With Valencia," 12 Sep. 2019 That’s why Byton has partnered with Aurora, the self-driving developer led by industry pioneer Chris Urmson, to let its future cars drive themselves. Wired, "Forget Driving. You’ll Wish You Could Watch TV in This Car," 10 Sep. 2019 Since establishing the fund, Bond and partnering investors have 31 months to build the facility and receive a Certificate of Occupancy. Amanda Rabines,, "Trump’s 'opportunity zone’ tax breaks get the attention of eager Orlando developers," 9 Sep. 2019 His rivals have branded him as a timid and even reactionary figure — a creature of the Senate cloakroom who partnered with former segregationists to pass draconian anti-crime legislation and joined with the business lobby to tighten bankruptcy laws. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Biden Wants to Work With ‘the Other Side.’ This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why.," 7 Sep. 2019 Even big fast-food chains want in on the action, with Burger King partnering with Impossible Foods last month to debut a limited nationwide launch of meatless Whoppers. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Food giants Tyson, Hormel, Kellogg's and Kroger all want bigger bite of fake-meat market," 6 Sep. 2019 Telemundo revealed the nominees for the 2019 Latin American Music Awards on Wednesday and partnered with Billboard for the exclusive announcement via Twitter live stream. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Latin American Music Awards 2019: Meet the New Artist of the Year Nominees," 6 Sep. 2019 Five years ago, Costco partnered with Alibaba - China's dominant e-commerce platform - which helped the big-box store gain legitimacy among Chinese shoppers, said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia Business School. Author: Anna Fifield, Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, "Shoves, brawls and shouts: Welcome to Costco’s opening day in China," 2 Sep. 2019 After she was given a terminal diagnosis in 2013, Harper was cast in the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars and partnered with Tristan MacManus. Lynette Rice,, "Valerie Harper, Rhoda and Mary Tyler Moore Show star, dies at 80," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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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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