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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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 In 2007 Germany was Russia’s biggest trading partner. The Economist, "German-Russian business Deutschland AG’s enduring bet on Russia," 27 Mar. 2021 Nelson, Chauvin's lawyer, is a managing partner at Halberg Criminal Defense. NBC News, "Here's what to know about the Derek Chauvin trial," 26 Mar. 2021 Cook was previously an advisory partner at AI Capital. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "What will happen when Robinhood meets the public markets?," 25 Mar. 2021 King is a partner and literary agent at William Morris Endeavor. Washington Post, "Glennon Doyle doesn’t work alone: The ‘Untamed’ author and agent Margaret Riley King discuss their creative process," 24 Mar. 2021 The Reds also have first baseman Nicky Delmonico, a left-handed hitter with 6 RBI this spring who could potentially be a platoon partner at first base with Kyle Farmer until Joey Votto is back to full strength. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Reds notes: Could infielder Max Schrock make the Opening Day roster?," 24 Mar. 2021 The Tribune also is a content-sharing partner with FOX 13. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Update: James Huntsman sues LDS Church, seeks to recover millions in tithing," 23 Mar. 2021 Recently Airtable announced a Series E round for $270 million at a valuation of $5.8 billion (note that Iltchev is currently a partner at Two Sigma Ventures). Tom Taulli, Forbes, "Airtable: How It Became A $5.8 Billion Company," 20 Mar. 2021 And Nigeria is India's largest trading partner in Africa. Saudamini Jain, CNN, "Indian sailors are being caught in a piracy boom off West Africa. One captain held hostage shares his story," 20 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The biggest pot of money, $3 billion, is being made available is through the Department of Energy’s loan program to partner with offshore wind and transmission developers., "Biden administration plans big expansion of wind power off East Coast," 29 Mar. 2021 During a panel discussion on what NXT might look like, Onkenhout said his shipyard would also be looking to partner with firms unrelated to yachting, but which could provide sustainable technology for new superyacht designs. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "Oceanco, Pininfarina and Lateral Join Forces to Debut a New 295-Foot Battery-Powered Gigayacht Concept," 24 Mar. 2021 Baseballs will be submitted to the Commissioner’s Office, which will partner with a third-party lab, to conduct tests for foreign substances. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "An arbitrator says Aristides Aquino is out of options. What it means for Cincinnati Reds roster," 24 Mar. 2021 The invitation for others to partner with the nonprofit to help the community is right there in the name: For Oak Cliff. Put any worthy subject in front of that phrase and that’s a partnership the organization is excited to talk about. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Neighborhood-grown For Oak Cliff nonprofit acquires former YMCA with roots in historic Black Dallas," 23 Mar. 2021 Cassidy and Jessica have received a number of inquiries from outside investors hoping to partner with the site. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "How Politics Tested Ravelry and the Crafting Community," 22 Mar. 2021 Bond hopes to partner with other organizations to offer more services like job training for those who are struggling to reenter the workforce. Phil Davis,, "Organizers hope to blend charity and profit to sustain a substance abuse treatment center in Southwest Baltimore," 22 Mar. 2021 Wing backs Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba will be expected to run up and down the pitch in defense and attack, and as De Jong is having to muck in elsewhere, Pedri will partner Sergio Busquets in the heart of midfield. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, "FC Barcelona Versus Real Sociedad Preview: Team News And Lineup," 21 Mar. 2021 But FedEx has found many willing retailers to partner with and has more than replaced the lost revenue from Amazon. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "FedEx is still booming thanks to everyone buying stuff online," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Mar 2021

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“Partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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