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[ pahrt-ner ]


  1. a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate.

    Synonyms: accomplice, accessory, colleague

  2. Law.
    1. 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.
  3. a spouse; a husband or a wife.
  4. the person with whom one cohabits in a romantic relationship:

    I'd like you to meet my partner, Sarah.

  5. either of two people who dance together:

    my favorite partner in the waltz.

  6. a player on the same side or team as another:

    My tennis partner was an excellent player.

  7. partners, Nautical. a framework of timber round a hole in a ship's deck, to support a mast, capstan, pump, etc.

verb (used with object)

  1. to associate as a partner or partners with.
  2. to serve as the partner of.


/ ˈpɑːtnə /


  1. an ally or companion

    a partner in crime

  2. a member of a partnership
  3. one of a pair of dancers or players on the same side in a game

    my bridge partner

  4. either member of a couple in a relationship


  1. to be or cause to be a partner (of)

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Derived Forms

  • ˈpartnerless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • partner·less adjective
  • non·partner noun
  • under·partner noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of partner1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English partener, alteration of parcener by association with part

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Word History and Origins

Origin of partner1

C14: variant (influenced by part ) of parcener

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Example Sentences

We were joined on our virtual TechCrunch Disrupt 2020 stage by Goldenberg and comedian Kevin Hart who has been working as a brand partner for Fabletics.

“Snowflake is very important because they can challenge the Amazon AWS power,” said Per Roman, managing partner and co-founder of investment firm GP Bullhound.

From Quartz

Shortcuts lets you combine automated actions, such as sending a text to a partner letting them know you’ll be home soon—it’ll send with one button press, saving you typing time.

The importance of our distribution revenues — which has been mainly pay-TV revenues — but also money that we get from syndication and licensing to a growing number of digital partners.

From Digiday

We’re testing the vaccine with our partners at three trial sites in Brazil and seven in South Africa, for example.

That man was Xavier Cortada, a gay man who wrote of his frustration that he and his partner of eight years were unable to marry.

Social media forces us to not only be vulnerable for our partner but for the whole world.

His regular partner was late that day, and Police Officer Wenjian Liu volunteered to fill in.

First, the ghost of his departed partner, Jacob Marley, comes calling, his face emerging from the doorknob.

Johnson dashed into the base and called to his partner, 23-year-old Tantania Alexander.

Peter Elmsly, a partner of the celebrated Paul Valliant, and himself an importer of books and no mean critic and linguist, died.

Some of them, more imaginative, declared that Mrs. Charmington was even a sleeping partner in the saponaceous firm.

But the '34 port was so good that he revoked twice, to the indignation and despair of his unhappy brother and partner.

Mr Cutbill, the managing partner of the London house, received him with profound respect and pleasure.

He could have struck his friend and partner to the earth, and trod him there to death, as he confronted and upbraided him.


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