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English definition of “partner”


noun [C]     /ˈpɑːtnər/
a person or organization you are closely involved with in some way: Lauren opened the design studio with her business partner Myra. The two companies are partners in a contract to build a new power station .
WORKPLACE, FINANCE one of the owners of a company : a partner in sth He's a partner in an accounting firm .a partner at sth She's a partner at a law firm .
the person you are married to or living with as if you were married , or the person you are having a sexual relationship with: This is my partner, Alex.
→ See also active partner, general partner, junior partner, lead partner, managing partner, merger partner, senior partner, silent partner, sleeping partner, trading partner, working partner
(Definition of partner noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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