Definition of partner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːtnə/


1A person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business or firm with shared risks and profits: a partner in a prosperous legal practice a junior partner
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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.
colleague, associate, co-worker, fellow worker, co-partner, collaborator, ally, comrade, companion, teammate;
French confrère
British informal oppo
Australian/New Zealand informal offsider
archaic compeer
rare consociate
1.1Either of two people dancing together or playing a game or sport on the same side: arrange the children in pairs so that each person has a partner the striker looked sharp and eager as Jackson’s partner in attack
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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: make sure that you or your partner are using an effective method of contraception
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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.
spouse, husband, wife, consort, helpmate, helpmeet;
lover, girlfriend, boyfriend, fiancé, fiancée, significant other, live-in lover, cohabitee, common-law husband/wife, man, woman, mate;
Italian inamorato, inamorata
informal hubby, old man, old lady, old woman, missus, missis, better half, other half, WAGs (wives and girlfriends), POSSLQ (person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters)
British informal dutch, her indoors, boyf, girlf
British rhyming slang trouble and strife
dated beau, young man, lady
informal, dated intended
1.4US dated or dialect A friendly form of address by one man to another: how you doing, partner?


[with object]
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.



Example sentences
  • 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.


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.

  • The word partner is an alteration of parcener ‘partner, joint heir’, from Anglo-Norman French parcener, based on the Latin for partition, and thus related to the group of words at part. The change from ‘c’ to ‘t’ was to match part. Partner for a spouse dates from the early 17th century; the term came to be commonly applied to each person of an unmarried couple sharing a home towards the end of the 20th century. Partner in crime dates from the early 19th century.

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