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 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 That also took a toll on her lifelong partner Greer. Naledi Ushe,, 12 Sep. 2021 Approximately 2,000 square feet of this basement was under lease, along with the corresponding ground-floor space directly above, to a small art gallery owned by Nina and her business partner Danielle. Justin Beal, Curbed, 11 Sep. 2021 Bonetti said a major wake-up call for her about the increasingly unstable climate, and the threat posed by its extreme weather events, was the 2017 Thomas Fire, which her partner photographed. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 Having your partner take a home video of your child’s birth to rewatch at a later date. Ginny Hogan, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 According to Judd, Riley accused his partner of being a nonbeliever but never mentioned violence. Rebecca Lee, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 The winner is virtually certain to be elected prime minister by parliament because the party and its coalition partner hold a majority of seats., 10 Sep. 2021 Koroma took all of his years of training, the study of game theory, and love for competition and applied these elements to entrepreneurship. Koroma started his company Limit Breakers with his partner and cousin, Patrick Sesay. Mike Swigunski, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Sanofi's deal with Germany's BioNTech was announced back in January, a month after Sanofi and its development partner GSK announced the failure of their vaccine candidate to generate a sufficient immune response in older people. David Meyer, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Crowe said Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance could look to partner with Peace in the Hood and New Era Cleveland among others. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 Retailers such as Macy’s and H&M have jumped to partner with the services, which soared in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sasha Hupka, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Viasat also is looking at low-Earth orbit satellites, however, either to build itself or partner with an existing operator in a hybrid network. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021 But earlier this month, local Democratic Party leaders decided to rename the event FancyVaxx and remove any speeches from the agenda, instead choosing to partner with Norton Healthcare to offer free walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 8 Aug. 2021 Markéta Sluková tested positive earlier this week, knocking her and partner Barbora Hermannova out of the Tokyo Games., 24 July 2021 This group is often a little more affordable and accessible for brands to partner with compared to celebrities and mega-influencers. Anita Lee, Forbes, 24 June 2021 While rabbis are empowered to partner with God in the development of the law, at its foundation is a system of ethical monotheism. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 14 June 2021 Finley said ideally, the city would partner with Major League Baseball in securing grants. al, 15 June 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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“Partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 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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