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significant other

Sociology. a person, as a parent or peer, who has great influence on one's behavior and self-esteem.
a spouse or cohabiting lover. Unabridged
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  • If you and your significant other need to get away from it all, head south.
  • For couples who eventually married the significant other they first cohabited with the divorce rate was significantly lower.
  • There was often overt relationship conflict involved, either with a significant other or with family members.
  • You've found that perfect, pricey gift for your significant other.
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  • My significant other will be moving with me to a new state that is unfamiliar to us both.
  • Your entire first year, she says, no one should know the gender of your significant other.
  • There are only a lucky few among us who can't relate to the intense pain of being rejected by a significant other.
  • Unpredictable behavior from a significant other could bring you down.
British Dictionary definitions for significant other

significant other

(US, informal) a spouse or lover
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significant other in Culture

significant other definition

A person whose close relationship with an individual affects that individual's behavior and attitudes. A significant other is usually a family member, spouse, child, employer, coworker, friend, or lover, who serves as a role model or whose acceptance and approval is sought.

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