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

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 Canadian restauranteur and Gusto 54 Restaurant Group CEO Janet Zuccarini funded the buyout of her former restaurant partner with wedding money from her father—and never took any outside money to grow her now multi-restaurant empire. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Gusto 54 CEO Is Expanding Her Empire—Into Cannabis," 17 Sep. 2019 The four-story, 64,000-square-foot facility features modern classrooms, innovative laboratories, an auditorium and spaces to support companies which partner with MSOE, according to the school. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee School of Engineering opens new Diercks Center with focus on artificial intelligence, robotics," 13 Sep. 2019 RBC Capital Markets is proud to partner with SBEF for the 2019 School Supply Project. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "RBC Capital Markets, Spring Branch Education Foundation provide school supplies to SBISD’s Title 1 elementary and middle schools," 13 Sep. 2019 So recruiters partner with willing labs and doctors who certify the tests are medically necessary. CBS News, "Genetic cancer risk scam targeting seniors may disqualify them from legitimate tests," 13 Sep. 2019 At press time, the organization is scheduled to partner with the Jewish Federation of Broward County on Sept. 17 and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County on Sept. 20 for High Holiday security conferences. Sergio Carmona,, "ADL conducting security conferences for South Florida religious institutions," 12 Sep. 2019 America’s goal, Kissinger said in a 1970 interview, shouldn’t be to partner with Russia for the sake of peace but to expel Russia from the Middle East as the precondition for it. Vance Serchuk, National Review, "Russia’s Middle East Power Play," 12 Sep. 2019 Big Chicken will be opening in a 2,600-square-foot space across the street from the Americana at Brand, according to Matthew Silverman, a managing partner with the restaurant. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Lakers icon Shaq is bringing his Big Chicken restaurant to Glendale," 11 Sep. 2019 Head to Waimea and partner with Ulu Mau Puanui on sustainability efforts that also help to preserve ancient Hawaiian agricultural practices. National Geographic, "Hawaii Community Service: Island Habitat Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company is partnered with hotel chains such as Hyatt and Fairmont. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Hotel-booking tricks, tips and tools to try if you want to score a deal on your next trip," 16 Sep. 2019 Kohler says that partnering with robots means letting the result of machine processes inform the design. Anne Quito, Quartz, "A Swiss house built by robots promises to revolutionize the construction industry," 12 Sep. 2019 The village is collecting supplies through Saturday, Sept. 21 and partnering with area relief agencies to deliver supplies collected. Austen Erblat,, "Wellington’s government buildings to serve as collection points for Bahamas relief donations," 12 Sep. 2019 Pinterest is built for planning and researching, especially for events like holidays or wedding planning, according to Kamiu Lee, CEO of influencer platform Activate, which has partnered with Pinterest to develop better analytics. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartzy, "Pinfluencers are here to stay," 10 Sep. 2019 Microsoft has partnered with car makers including Ford, Kia, and Hyundai to co-develop infotainment systems. Wired, "GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google," 7 Sep. 2019 In addition, the district launched a Cultural Passport initiative, partnering with arts organizations to give kids cultural opportunities around the city. NBC News, "How access to opportunity helps students find purpose," 6 Sep. 2019 Habit Burger Grill raising money for children’s nonprofit Locations of the Habit Burger Grill, including in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach, are partnering with No Kid Hungry to raise $500,000. Daily Pilot, "Biz News: Von Hemert Interiors closing with retirement sale after 99 years," 6 Sep. 2019 The e-hailing firm has also been partnering with transit agencies in cities to expand transportation access, decrease car ownership, and reduce congestion. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Uber is working on plans to offer its bus system to Lagos," 6 Sep. 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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12 Oct 2019

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

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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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