[ pahrt-ner-ship ]
See synonyms for: partnershippartnerships on

  1. the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.

  2. Law.

    • the relation subsisting between partners.

    • the contract creating this relation.

    • an association of persons joined as partners in business.

Origin of partnership

First recorded in 1570–80; partner + -ship

Other words from partnership

  • pre·part·ner·ship, noun

Words Nearby partnership Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use partnership in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for partnership


/ (ˈpɑːtnəʃɪp) /

    • a contractual relationship between two or more persons carrying on a joint business venture with a view to profit, each incurring liability for losses and the right to share in the profits

    • the deed creating such a relationship

    • the persons associated in such a relationship

  1. the state or condition of being a partner

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Cultural definitions for partnership


An association of two or more persons to conduct a business. In contrast to a corporation, those who engage in a partnership are liable for debts incurred by the company to the full extent of their private fortunes rather than merely to the extent of their investment.

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