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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partnerless \ ˈpärt-​nər-​ləs How to pronounce partnerless (audio) also  ˈpärd-​ \ adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In August, Jack Black and Jack White announced that Black and his Tenacious D partner, Kyle Gass, had recorded a song with the former White Stripes frontman. Tyler Aquilina,, "You can finally listen to Jack Black and Jack White's 'Jack Gray' song, 'Don't Blow It, Kage'," 3 Dec. 2019 Megan Mullally, who was Morrison's most frequent scene partner, took to Twitter to share a picture of her late co-star. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shelley Morrison, Rosario the Maid on 'Will & Grace,' Dies at 83," 2 Dec. 2019 House lawmakers have been meeting with some of Apple’s partners to discuss their concerns, according to people who have knowledge of the meetings. Reed Albergotti, Washington Post, "Apple says recent changes to operating system improve user privacy, but some lawmakers see them as an effort to edge out its rivals," 26 Nov. 2019 The Stopover Program has a network of more than 150 partners who offer hotel discounts and exclusive and complimentary experiences. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "What to Do, See, Eat, and Shop For in Lisbon, Portugal," 25 Nov. 2019 According to a Monday report by UFC promotional partner ESPN, White said the company hopes to book the fight as the main event for a pay-per-view card at Barclays Center. Mma Junkie Staff, MMA Junkie, "Report: Dana White wants Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson on April 18," 25 Nov. 2019 The nonprofit organization provides meals to people in need in Kentuckiana through donors and partners, including Kids Cafe, Backpack Buddy, Prescription Pantry and Mobile Pantry and Cooking Matters. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "A local boy died of malnutrition in 1969. A vigil remembered him and the change it sparked," 24 Nov. 2019 The gym, specializing in basketball training, is a join venture of Gay's and his partners. Kyle J. Andrews,, "With Spurs teammates in tow, Rudy Gay opens basketball gym in Towson: ‘It’s a chance for me to have a foundation here’," 20 Nov. 2019 The formerly married couple both attended the 2019 CMA Awards with their respective partners, Blake with longtime girlfriend Gwen Stefani and Miranda with husband Brendan McLoughlin. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Were Dancing Along to Miranda Lambert's Song at the CMAs," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The platform partnered with more than 100 organizations to provide information about where to drop off supplies based on aggregated data, TechCrunch reports. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Facebook's crisis response tools get extended to WhatsApp," 5 Dec. 2019 Cleveland has partnered with the state since 1995 on HIV/AIDS intervention programs, Gordon said Tuesday. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "State disputes Cleveland’s claim that $1.5M in HIV/AIDS grants were cut without explanation, cites program deficiencies," 4 Dec. 2019 Brunchwork hosts more than 100 events a year, in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and has partnered with companies including Bumble and Sony. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Smart gift ideas for busy professionals," 29 Nov. 2019 The company has partnered with a startup called b8ta to launch stores based on a consignment model, in which toymakers will pay for space in the stores, but will get all the sales. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Toys R Us Returns From the Dead on Saturday," 27 Nov. 2019 That’s why companies like Intel have partnered with National Geographic and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation on wildlife trafficking. Wired, "Opinion: AI For Good Is Often Bad," 18 Nov. 2019 Meghan arrived in her capacity as Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which has partnered with the organization to bring 53 young leaders from across the Commonwealth to the event. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Returns to the Public Eye After Africa Tour Documentary Airs," 22 Oct. 2019 In June, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville would be partnering with Microsoft to establish a regional hub for artificial intelligence technology. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Humana partners with Microsoft to 'reimagine health for aging populations'," 21 Oct. 2019 The Belgian forward has been partnered with Argentine youngster Lautaro Martinez, whose sensational start to the new season has forced the Icardi saga to the back of I Nerazzurri supporters' minds, like an unpleasant but distant dream., "Why Inter Are So Much More Than The Usual Blood & Thunder Under Antonio Conte," 20 Oct. 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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The first known use of partner was in the 14th century

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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Partner.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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How to pronounce partner (audio) How to pronounce partner (audio)

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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