- a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate.
- a person associated with another or others as a principal or a contributor of capital in a business or a joint venture, usually sharing its risks and profits.
- special partner.
- silent partner.
- a spouse; a husband or a wife.
- the person with whom one cohabits in a romantic relationship: I'd like you to meet my partner, Sarah.
- either of two people who dance together: my favorite partner in the waltz.
- a player on the same side or team as another: My tennis partner was an excellent player.
- partners, Nautical. a framework of timber round a hole in a ship's deck, to support a mast, capstan, pump, etc.
- to associate as a partner or partners with.
- to serve as the partner of.
Origin of partner
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Examples from the Web for partnering
Obama's top intelligence advisers told him recently that partnering with the FSA against ISIS was too big a risk to take.Syrian Rebels: We’ll Use U.S. Weapons to Fight Assad, Whether Obama Likes It or Not
September 12, 2014
This time around, though, Burnham was partnering with an insider.Lake Bacon: The Story of The Man Who Wanted Us to Eat Mississippi Hippos
August 10, 2014
The guys that I was partnering with early on wanted the logo to be a guy opening his trench coat.The Movie Nudity Maestro: Jim McBride on 15 Years of Mr. Skin and That Scarlett Johansson Scene
August 9, 2014
In Colorado, Democrat Joann Ginal is partnering with Republican Janak Joshi to sponsor “Right to Try” in their state.The ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Bill
March 4, 2014
One way Hseih and the gang are drawing talent to the downtown area is by partnering with Venture for America.A Tech Millionaire Bets on the Urban Revival of Downtown Las Vegas
January 16, 2014
- an ally or companiona partner in crime
- a member of a partnership
- one of a pair of dancers or players on the same side in a gamemy bridge partner
- either member of a couple in a relationship
- to be or cause to be a partner (of)
Word Origin and History for partnering
1610s, transitive, "to make a partner," from partner (n.). Intransitive sense from 1961. Related: Partnered; partnering.
c.1300, altered from parcener (late 13c.), from Old French parçonier "partner, associate; joint owner, joint heir," from parçon "partition, division. portion, share, lot," from Latin partitionem (nominative partitio) "a sharing, partition, division, distribution" (see partition (n.)). Form in English influenced by part (n.). The word also may represent Old French part tenour "part holder."