[ pahrt-ner ]
/ ˈpɑrt nər /


verb (used with object)

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

Origin of partner

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

Related forms

part·ner·less, adjectivenon·part·ner, nounun·der·part·ner, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for partners

British Dictionary definitions for partners (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpɑːtnəz) /

pl n

nautical a wooden construction around an opening in a deck, as to support a mast

British Dictionary definitions for partners (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpɑːtnə) /


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)

Derived Forms

partnerless, adjective

Word Origin for partner

C14: variant (influenced by part) of parcener
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