part·​ner | \ ˈpärt-nər How to pronounce partner (audio) also ˈpärd- How to pronounce partner (audio) \

Definition of partner

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : one that shares : partaker
2a : one associated with another especially in an action : associate, colleague our military partners throughout the world
b : either of two persons who dance together
c : one of two or more persons who play together in a game against an opposing side partners in card games
d : a person with whom one shares an intimate relationship : one member of a couple Evan and his partner are going on a Caribbean cruise.
3 : a member of a partnership especially in a business partners in a law firm also : such membership
4 : one of the heavy timbers that strengthen a ship's deck to support a mast usually used in plural


partnered; partnering; partners

Definition of partner (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to join or associate with another as partner
2 : to provide with a partner

intransitive verb

: to join as 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


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.


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

The pickle partners are hosting a party to celebrate this Saturday, August 17th, at the brewery. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Pickle-flavored beer is the real dill, soon hitting shelves in Houston and across Texas," 14 Aug. 2019 Myerson was interested after Joe Roth, the founding partner of Sounders FC, decided to sell his equity in the club last year. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft vets, Ciara, and Macklemore team up to own Seattle Sounders soccer club," 13 Aug. 2019 For young adults who are fairly new to both careers and relationships, figuring out when and how to tell an employer or a partner about a cancer diagnosis is a complex process. Aneri Pattani,, "‘Ask me why I don’t have nipples’: How young adults disclose their cancer status to dates and employers," 8 Aug. 2019 But as is often the case with Trump, his sparring partner was essentially a footnote in the story. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "In visit to Dayton, Trump finds a victim — himself," 8 Aug. 2019 After introducing a riveting clip from the forthcoming movie Queen & Slim, Motown’s Habtemariam revealed the label will be the film’s soundtrack partner. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Katy Perry, Niall Horan and Quavo Reveal New Projects at Sixth Annual Capitol Congress," 8 Aug. 2019 According to O’Ryan Case, director of development at the Arc Carroll County, the organization partners with about 80 local businesses in a variety of different fields such as food, retail, hotels and much more. Akira Kyles,, "The Arc in Carroll County honors record-breaking graduating class," 8 Aug. 2019 After a slow and steady rise, Mexico is now the US’s number-one trading partner. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Mexico is finally the US’s number-one trading partner," 8 Aug. 2019 My business partner and team are like my own people. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "We asked Indian startup founders to explain how they cope with stress. Here are some tips," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is a great example of how private sector leaders can partner with the community to move the needle on this important cause. Josh Selo, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Cupertino project proves county can meet housing challenge," 14 Aug. 2019 Dunkin’ Donuts also partnered up with Banga Portrait Studio to provide custom edible photo donuts as an extra-special treat, and Shake Shack surprised the bride and groom with a dance floor delivery of burgers and fries for their guests. Melody Chiu,, "Ashley Iaconetti Says Husband Jared Haibon Crying at Their Wedding Was the ‘Pinnacle’ of Her Life," 14 Aug. 2019 Shifting from their initial focus on stand-alone free or low-cost online courses, many of these organizations have started partnering with universities to help them bring full degree programs online. Katerina Manoff, The Atlantic, "How They (Online Graduate Programs) Get You," 14 Aug. 2019 By that time, Williams had another restaurant to oversee, having partnered with Michael Kornick and David Morton to create County Barbeque on Taylor Street. Phil Vettel,, "Chef Erick Williams named Food & Dining’s Game Changer Award winner," 13 Aug. 2019 Keeping his promise to bring good new jobs—a project that had already been touted by the White House—would mean partnering with a firm that had deep ties to the Kremlin. Simon Shuster/london, Time, "A Kremlin-Linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky. Were They After More Than Money?," 13 Aug. 2019 The Prayers for Maria Ice Cream Wagon will visit the BAYarts campus, 28795 Lake Road, Bay Village, 3-4:30 p.m. on Aug. 15. BAYarts and Howard Hanna Bay Village are partnering for the special treat after the first day of school. Carol Kovach,, "Bay Village, Westlake students chosen for Tri-C honors fellowships: West Shore Chatter," 13 Aug. 2019 Releasing today, Union has partnered up with the casual work-wear brand to launch a chic new fall collection. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Gabrielle Union Launches Fall Collection With New York & Company," 13 Aug. 2019 The receiving party can exchange stablecoins for Velo Tokens or use them to cash out in their local currency at one of Velo’s partnering payment shops. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Thailand-based Velo Says Blockchain Will Revolutionize Remittance in South East Asia," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of partner


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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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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