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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Butler was the only managing partner at the practice. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 The United Arab Emirates named Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan as its new president following the death of his half-brother, elevating the Abu Dhabi crown prince after nearly a decade as de-facto ruler of the U.S. partner. Rory Jones, WSJ, 14 May 2022 With its investment in REGENT, Hawaiian Airlines became the first U.S.-based design partner for the company's new all-electric seagliders, known as the Monarch. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2022 On the verge of paying the price for that, he's given the proverbial last chance, called back to Top Gun to train pilots for a top-secret mission, among them Rooster (Miles Teller), the son of the partner that Mav famously lost in the first movie. Brian Lowry, CNN, 12 May 2022 The special is executive produced by the comedian’s longtime producing partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 12 May 2022 Yesterday, the supermodel and Kin Euphorics partner made two stylish appearances in New York City while accompanied by her boyfriend, art director Marc Kalman. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 May 2022 TwinSpires, the official betting partner of the Kentucky Derby, reported $67.4 million in wagering on Churchill Downs races for the Kentucky Derby day program, an increase of 8% over the previous record in 2021. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2022 JoJo posted a fun TikTok at Disneyland with Kylie and her Dancing With The Stars partner, Jenna Johnson. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To do this, one option is to partner with philanthropic and nonprofit leaders with deep roots in communities, who can facilitate and support community participation. Don Howard, Forbes, 13 May 2022 For this event, Good Housekeeping was proud to partner with Naturepedic, a 19-year-old organic mattress company dedicated to healthy sleep for everyone in the family. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 11 Apr. 2022 The purpose of the department is to partner with arts and educational organizations to create work that helps contextualize what the orchestra is doing in order to better connect with diverse communities in real time. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 The goal is to partner with private businesses and government entities to provide subsidized placement in jobs for summer work. Carrie Napoleon,, 14 Feb. 2022 The idea was to partner with groups that could help bridge cultural, linguistic and economic gaps for people who need help with transportation, said Roshin Kurian, a transportation demand management specialist for the bureau. oregonlive, 24 Nov. 2021 The trick is to partner vegetables that cook in the same amount of time, such as long-cooking carrots and potatoes or faster charring broccoli and tomatoes. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2021 Hockersmith said one way could be to partner with local graduate schools and have students drink a beer, then present their theses in three minutes. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Oct. 2021 The only way to defeat them is to partner up with other Spider-Man versions. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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