third-party

adjective
third-par·​ty | \ ˈthərd-ˈpär-tē How to pronounce third-party (audio) \

Definition of third-party

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or involving a third party third-party insurance
2 : of, relating to, or being software that is created by a vendor to be compatible with the products of another vendor

third party

noun

Definition of third party (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person other than the principals a third party to a divorce proceeding insurance against injury to third parties
2a : a major political party operating over a limited period of time in addition to two other major parties in a nation or state normally characterized by a two-party system

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The Journal used software to monitor the internet communications triggered by using an app, including the information being sent to Facebook and other third parties. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook.," 22 Feb. 2019 The app ecosystem is dying, too, with little support from Google or third parties. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 This new development in fashion subscription boxes, cutting out the third party, begs a lot of questions for shoppers. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "There's a New Trend in Fashion Subscription Boxes—and We Put It to the Test," 10 Jan. 2019 Facebook considered charging third parties for access to user data several years ago, Deepa Seetharaman and Kirsten Grind report, citing company emails. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 The perpetrators used virtual private networks and internet phone services, and paid third parties to run ads on their behalf, according to Facebook. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt US politics, removes 32 accounts," 31 July 2018 There might be creative solutions to this dilemma — like using a third party like Chinese inspectors to perform verification. Jane Vaynman, Washington Post, "There are signs North Korea is still working on its nuclear program. Here’s why ‘denuclearization’ is so problematic.," 30 June 2018 The company has come under fire of late for shoddy data security, allowing third parties to harvest user information and failing to monitor fake news and hate speech on its platform. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "Facebook stonewalls Kansas scam victim when she reaches out for help," 12 June 2018 In fact, the dogs could take on almost any role thanks to a customizing feature that allows third parties to run their own applications with SpotMini's computer programming. Marwa Eltagouri, chicagotribune.com, "Beware of robot dogs — coming to a business near you," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of third-party

Adjective

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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third-party

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English Language Learners Definition of third-party

 (Entry 1 of 2)

law : of, relating to, or involving insurance that pays money to someone who is harmed by your actions

third party

noun

English Language Learners Definition of third party (Entry 2 of 2)

law : someone who is not one of the two main people involved in a legal agreement but who is still affected by it in some way

third party

Legal Definition of third party

see party sense 1a, b

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