third-party

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adjective

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

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noun

1
: a person other than the principals
a third party to a divorce proceeding
insurance against injury to third parties
2
a
: 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

Examples of third-party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
There’s no time frame as to when this useful update, which would sit very well alongside the introduction of messages from third-party apps, will be released. David Phelan, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 TikTok’s status as a gatekeeper means the platform will join other large tech companies like Apple, Meta, Amazon, and Google in making a series of changes for EU users, including allowing third-party businesses access to their services and requiring consent for personalized advertising. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 10 Feb. 2024 Moody suggests using third-party payment apps such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo or PayPal to place your bets if the app allows. Rivan Stinson, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 In its analysis Moody’s also cites several political factors such as Biden’s approval ratings, the presence of third-party candidates, and most importantly turnout, that would alter the course of the presidential race. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 10 Feb. 2024 Additional activities such as shooting and motorsports, from third-party game sources, can be made compatible via optional tech. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2024 Last month, Hogan stepped down from the leadership of the third-party movement No Labels. Brian Witte The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 10 Feb. 2024 This is also where a third-party labeling system could really come into use. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 The Company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for strategic acquisitions, the engagement of external, third-party marketing and business consultants. Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024
Noun
All of this information must be disclosed as part of ESG reporting and validated by a third party by 2025 (FY 2024). Michelle Bogan, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 But while fans may feel the actors are to blame, both Combs and Milano have suggested that a third party holds responsibility for what happened on-set nearly a quarter of a century ago. Malia Mendez, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Criminal law, unlike civil law, is less likely to hold defendants liable for the actions of a third party, even if that third party is the defendant’s child. Thaddeus Hoffmeister, The Conversation, 6 Feb. 2024 The company's safety measures include 128-bit or higher encryption, a dedicated onsite security team, independent third parties that monitor the site for vulnerabilities, and support for multi-factor authentication. PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Jennifer Rothman, a professor of law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, offered an eloquent challenge to a key provision of the No AI FRAUD act, which would allow artists to transfer the rights to their voice and likeness to a third party. Elias Leight, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2024 Under the settlement, Tesla agreed to properly train employees and hire a third party to conduct annual waste audits of its trash containers at 10% percent of its facilities for five years. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 The company is supposed to properly train its employees and hire a third party to conduct annual waste audits at 10 percent of its facilities, according to the Office of the District Attorney in San Francisco. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 One technique that can be helpful is to think of a relationship as a third party, separate from the two people in it. Shon Faye, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of third-party was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Third-party.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/third-party. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

third party

noun
1
: a person other than the main participants
a third party to the legal proceedings
2
a
: a political party operating usually for a limited time in addition to the two major parties in a 2-party system

Legal Definition

third party

see party sense 1a, b

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