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 As a member of the IUCN's Species Survival Commission's steering committee, Vincent may also be working with the Indianapolis Zoo in the future as the zoo partners with the commission to create the first ever Global Center for Species Survival. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "The first biologist to study seahorses underwater is a finalist for the $250K Indy Prize," 6 May 2020 Mexico exported $358 billion worth of goods to the U.S. last year, surpassing China as the nation’s largest trading partner. Bob Tita, WSJ, "U.S. Factories Face a Hitch in Reopening: Mexico’s Shutdown," 5 May 2020 Among those working from home during the pandemic, 23% were sharing work space with a spouse or partner and 14% were sharing it with children engaged in online learning, according to the survey. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Working at home had a positive effect on productivity during the pandemic, survey shows," 4 May 2020 Under the program, Rhode Island Hospital secured $5 million to partner with other hospitals and organizations around the state. Jenn Abelson, Washington Post, "Boom-and-bust federal funding after 9/11 undercut hospitals’ preparedness for pandemics," 2 May 2020 Along with partners including Delta Air Lines, Hilton, and Marriott, American Express is adding benefits for consumers who have shifted their spending from travel to other categories like groceries and computer gear. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "All the New American Express Rewards Coming to Cardholders Who Can't Travel," 2 May 2020 In the next decades of American spaceflight, with partners like Musk, that task might become trickier to navigate. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "NASA’s Moonshot Can’t Stop Tweeting About the Coronavirus," 1 May 2020 Once you're matched, the coffee beans are roasted to order (ground to your preference or left whole bean) and sent from one of the company's 52 roasting partners to your door. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Coffee Subscription Services to Try Now," 1 May 2020 Individuals can donate to pay for restoration of kelp forests, mangroves, and seagrass meadows, or by purchasing products from SeaTrees’ partners. Maurice Roper, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rhode Island Providence: Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis partnered with the Frontline Foods nonprofit to sponsor 100 meals for staff at two hospitals helping in the state’s fight against the coronavirus. USA TODAY, "Casinos, churches, contact tracing: News from around our 50 states," 22 May 2020 This isn't the first time a brand has partnered with GLAAD in this way. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Skittles ditches the rainbow to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community for Pride Month," 22 May 2020 To accomplish that goal Michigan State has partnered with INFLCR, a company that helps athletic programs and their athletes build a social media brand and presence through content delivery. Sean Merriman, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan State football's social media team helps close the deal on recruiting trail," 21 May 2020 Borkowski, who has partnered with Milwaukee Pedal Tavern, said the bicycle will seat up to 16 people with a driver. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A pedal tavern is coming to Oconomowoc for the first time," 21 May 2020 CleanPlus: United Airlines is partnering with the Cleveland Clinic and Clorox in a new program designed to ease the fears of nervous flyers, Susan Glaser reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio Senate unanimously rejects House measures to restrict Dr. Amy Acton: The Wake Up for Thursday, May 21, 2020," 21 May 2020 Beyond Meat partnered with Starbucks to enter the market last month, putting vegetarian options on the coffeehouse’s menu. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Nestlé is opening a plant-based meat factory in China, its first in Asia," 21 May 2020 The announcement caused the stock price for e-commerce platform Shopify to plummet – until Zuckerberg announced the company was partnering with Facebook to handle logistics for Checkout. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Elon Musk's re-opening win could have long-term consequences for the company's reputation," 19 May 2020 By that time, Collins had met and partnered with Mark Rivers, a real estate developer, who put together a group of partners that included Tom Nolan, then of Polo Golf and now CEO of Kendra Scott, and tennis Hall of Famer Andy Roddick. Adam Schupak, Indianapolis Star, "Why golf fans should root for Peyton Manning in The Match II with Tiger Woods," 19 May 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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10 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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