Definition of partner in English:


Syllabification: part·ner
Pronunciation: /ˈpärtnər


1A person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business or company with shared risks and profits.
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  • But he acknowledged that each partner shared in the profits of the whole firm.
  • I'm a junior partner at a law firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
  • One or more partners must assume business risks and purchase considerable insurance to protect the business.
1.1Either of two people dancing together or playing a game or sport on the same side.
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  • The beauty of the four-player game becomes apparent when partners work together.
  • He is the perfect partner, a consummate dancer that complements, supports and enhances his dancing partner.
  • If you know any guys that want a ballroom dancing partner, tell me!
1.2Either member of a married couple or of an established unmarried couple: she lived with her partner
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  • Roughly one of four couples consists of unmarried partners.
  • It is pleasing that unmarried partners will now receive the same as married partners.
  • Each had been barred from living in married student housing with her respective partner because neither couple is married.
1.3A person with whom one has sex; a lover.
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  • Leading the way are online chatrooms and other services which help people find a soul mate, a sex partner or even a lover.
  • Whether you are involved with a casual partner or a long-term lover, you aren't likely to go…
  • The plot heats up as lovers change partners, but for long stretches, the author pretty much abandons plot for a (usually amusing) digression.
lover, girlfriend, boyfriend, fiancé, fiancée, significant other, live-in lover, common-law husband/wife, man, woman, mate
informal hubby, missus, old man, old lady/woman, better half, intended, other half, (main) squeeze
1.4US dated or dialect A friendly form of address by one man to another: how you doing, partner?
2 (partners) Nautical A timber framework secured to and strengthening the deck of a wooden ship around a hole for a mast.


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1Be the partner of: young farmers who partnered Isabel to the village dance
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  • Banks and government must effectively partner farmers' groups who perform.
  • John Galvin also starts for the first time this season and will partner John Quane in midfield in the absence of the suspended Jason Stokes.
  • The Australia-theme evening includes a dinner with a pair of Australian wines to partner each course, followed by an auction of promises.
1.1 [no object] North American Associate as partners: I never expected to partner with a man like you
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  • This demonstrates that we can partner with nursing associations from around the world to gain from each other's expertise.
  • Even though we didn't partner with them, we can certainly thank them.
  • Like in gym, you usually have to partner with someone you don't even know.


Middle English: alteration of parcener 'partner, joint heir', from Anglo-Norman French parcener, based on Latin partitio(n-) 'partition'. The change in the first syllable was due to association with part.



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  • My married mates though have turned their initial sympathy into envy as they strive to live their unfulfilled singledom through the lives of the couple of us that are partnerless.
  • So, partnerless but hopeful, I decided to check it out.
  • You may even worry that you will be partnerless soon.

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