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 partner (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 His childhood friend and partner in the vaccination campaign, Ruhollah, lay bleeding on the ground in front of him. Author: Kathy Gannon, Andrew Meldrum And Lee Keath, Anchorage Daily News, "Wars, instability pose vaccine challenges in poor nations," 28 Dec. 2020 Program officials said the new grant money will specifically go to Operation Spark and SparkMindset, two training programs that partner with YouthForce NOLA. Della Hasselle | Staff Writer,, "New Orleans program gets $4 million grant to help prepare more kids for STEM careers," 27 Dec. 2020 The first supplies, which will be AstraZeneca vaccines produced by a local manufacturing partner, are expected to be delivered in February and March., "After Early Success, South Korea Sleepwalks Into Virus Crisis," 26 Dec. 2020 Neal's partner helped with the installation, and neighbors pitched in with contributions of compost and other supplies. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities gardeners grow food for their neighbors on city boulevards," 25 Dec. 2020 The clinic had furloughed 194 of its 575 employees, cut the partner-owners’ salaries by as much as 35 percent and temporarily closed two of its six clinics. Portland Business Journal, oregonlive, "Invisible scars: 7 business owners, execs talk about pain of COVID-19, hopes for 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE will receive $1.95 billion for the additional doses. WSJ, "Covid-19 Live Updates: Reported U.S. Daily Infections Rise," 24 Dec. 2020 Johnson, who staked his career and reputation on extracting the country from the EU, said Britain will always be a strong friend and partner to the bloc. Time, "U.K. and E.U. Reach Post-Brexit Trade Deal," 24 Dec. 2020 Johnson said Britain will always be a strong friend and partner to the EU. Arkansas Online, "Breakthrough: U.K. and EU reach post-Brexit trade agreement," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Cook County Department of Public Health plans to have community vaccination sites but also partner with health care providers to vaccinate people in suburban Cook County, spokesman Don Bolger said in an email. Lisa Schencker,, "When will you get the COVID-19 vaccine? Illinois health systems may use electronic medical records to reach patients in next phases.," 1 Jan. 2021 Families will have daycare at an on-site facility; the food bank is looking to partner with another nonprofit or third-party group for the center, Cooper said. Madison Iszler,, "San Antonio Food Bank plans to build $9 million complex in New Braunfels for families struggling with rising housing costs," 31 Dec. 2020 As the year winds down, Noto continues to partner with her network in the city for acts of service, including a winter coat drive project with YPBirmingham, The Pizitz Food Hall, and Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Here are Alabama’s 2020 Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2020 The owners of a restaurant space in West Hollywood wanted to partner with him to open his vision of a wine bar and restaurant. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Two new places to buy natural wine, plus a new winery in Pasadena," 30 Dec. 2020 The Texas Department of State Health Services has told the vaccine providers to partner with other health care facilities and workers in their area to maximize vaccination rates. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail pharmacies say Americans will look to them for COVID-19 vaccines," 28 Dec. 2020 Already, the Serum Institute of India has agreed to partner with Novavax to manufacture vaccines and help build additional plants to do so. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "What is the Novavax vaccine, and how does it work?," 28 Dec. 2020 The Scrubs Paper Project plans to partner with a number of institutions including medical centers that are eager to work with the program. Georeen Tanner, Fox News, "Front-line workers honored with 'combat paper' art made from scrubs, military uniforms," 22 Dec. 2020 Does the training program include building skills to partner with other community safety professionals? Being an effective police officer demands a wide range of skills to be used in a wide variety of situations. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: COVID restrictions in the metro and out, Minneapolis police reform," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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Last Updated

30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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