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 After the pandemic closed most international borders, the country's trade with China, its largest economic partner, fell dramatically, according to the Guardian. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Kim Jong Un delivers rare, tearful apology over North Korean regime failings," 12 Oct. 2020 Lean and glittering in his Nudie suits (likely designed by the quietly iconic Manuel Cuevas), and two decades her elder, Wagoner became, in the singsong language of a country duet, the sometime father, sometime lover of his partner. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, "The United States of Dolly Parton," 12 Oct. 2020 Jackson and his partner didn’t think much of the garbled threat. oregonlive, "Heroes American Cafe got threatening call, accused of being pro police, before two front windows were shot out in Portland," 12 Oct. 2020 After all six people -- Green, his partner and their parents -- at the weekend event got sick, eight more people in their families tested positive, bringing the total to 14. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Man who dismissed Covid-19 and then survived it says he is an example for doubters," 12 Oct. 2020 My partner in perambulation for dozens of these treks has been my close pal, Zach, who comprises one half of one of our dearest couple friends. Joanna O'leary, Houston Chronicle, "How long walks connected me to Houston, my neighbors and myself," 12 Oct. 2020 So when stress shows up at your door, close your laptop, forget about work, and focus on charming the heck out of your partner. Elizabeth Gulino,, "This Mercury Retrograde, It’s Time To Spice Up Your Sex Life," 12 Oct. 2020 Her partner grabbed a life jacket and jumped in to try to save her. Vanessa Arredondo,, "Woman drowns in front of her 6 kids, left adrift in Lake Tahoe," 11 Oct. 2020 A few hours later, my partner was feeling a little bad, too. Anchorage Daily News, "‘What are we so afraid of?’," 11 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kent will ask 450 random students to be tested for coronavirus each week, and partner with CVS on free testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic students. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Can Cuyahoga County residents drop off absentee ballots at a library? Judge’s order confuses the issue: This Week in the CLE," 7 Oct. 2020 The Raiders at first were going to partner with the Chargers on a stadium in Los Angeles, but NFL owners instead decided to approve the new $5 billion stadium built by the Rams that opened last week. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Raiders ready for big opening act on Las Vegas Strip," 18 Sep. 2020 Making sure the ingredients in the injectable were up to her high standards was important to Paltrow before deciding to partner with Xeomin on her first-ever medical aesthetics campaign. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Gwyneth Paltrow Notices Her Wrinkles on Zoom Just Like the Rest of Us," 17 Sep. 2020 New York University officials will partner with the city on enforcement measures and deploy representatives outside Washington Square Park entrances to hand out personal protective equipment, NYU spokesman John Beckman said in a statement Sunday. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Back-to-back weekend parties at park near NYU raise coronavirus concerns," 14 Sep. 2020 One of the ways proposed to get there is to partner with the state’s medical examiner to increase access to data regarding suicide fatalities in the community. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "First-of-its-kind report addresses ways to reduce suicide among Utah’s LGBTQ+ community," 23 Sep. 2020 Their job was to partner with local Afghan government officials, and police officers, to [enable them to] provide their own security. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Friendship Is a ‘Place of Respite’ for Women in the Military," 4 Sep. 2020 The task force will partner with Carnaval San Francisco this weekend to host a job and resource fair in the Mission, which will include free COVID-19 testing. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Free coronavirus program at SF BART station tests 2,622 people, mainly Latinos — and should be copied, UCSF says," 2 Sep. 2020 To that end, Big & Mini’s broader goal is to partner with senior and youth organizations. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Southlake teen’s online platform connects young people and seniors in isolation," 3 Aug. 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

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 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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