partner

[pahrt-ner]
noun
1.
a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate.
2.
Law.
a.
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.
4.
a spouse; a husband or a wife.
5.
the person with whom one cohabits in a romantic relationship: I'd like you to meet my partner, Sarah.
6.
either of two people who dance together: my favorite partner in the waltz.
7.
a player on the same side or team as another: My tennis partner was an excellent player.
8.
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)
9.
to associate as a partner or partners with.
10.
to serve as the partner of.

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

partnerless, adjective
nonpartner, noun
underpartner, noun


1. colleague, accessory, accomplice.
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partner (ˈpɑːtnə)
 
n
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
 
vb
5.  to be or cause to be a partner (of)
 
[C14: variant (influenced by part) of parcener]
 
'partnerless
 
adj

partners (ˈpɑːtnəz)
 
pl n
nautical a wooden construction around an opening in a deck, as to support a mast

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Word Origin & History

partner
late 13c., from O.Fr. parçener "joint heir," from parçon "partition," from L. partitionem (nom. partitio) "portion" (see partition). Form infl. by part (n.). The word may also represent O.Fr. part tenour "part holder." Partnership in the commercial sense is attested from c.1700.
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Example sentences
She paired the bargain finds with high-end partners, such as standard tiles
  with expensive faucets, to get the look she wanted.
We're such fans of bubbly with seafood that two of our favorite partners are
  sparklers.
They interacted frequently and often preened their partners.
Even when both partners seem willing, males are often unable to consummate the
  affair.
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