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partner

[pahrt-ner] /ˈpɑrt nər/
noun
1.
a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate.
2.
Law.
  1. 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.
  2. special partner.
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
1250-1300; Middle English partener, alteration of parcener by association with part
Related forms
partnerless, adjective
nonpartner, noun
underpartner, noun
Synonyms
1. colleague, accessory, accomplice.
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British Dictionary definitions for partners

partners

/ˈpɑːtnəz/
plural noun
1.
(nautical) a wooden construction around an opening in a deck, as to support a mast

partner

/ˈpɑːtnə/
noun
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
verb
5.
to be or cause to be a partner (of)
Derived Forms
partnerless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: variant (influenced by part) of parcener
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Word Origin and History for partners

partner

n.

c.1300, altered from parcener (late 13c.), from Old French parçonier "partner, associate; joint owner, joint heir," from parçon "partition, division. portion, share, lot," from Latin partitionem (nominative partitio) "a sharing, partition, division, distribution" (see partition (n.)). Form in English influenced by part (n.). The word also may represent Old French part tenour "part holder."

v.

1610s, transitive, "to make a partner," from partner (n.). Intransitive sense from 1961. Related: Partnered; partnering.

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