Definition of “partner” - English Dictionary

“partner” in British English

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partnernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɑːt.nər/ us /ˈpɑːrt.nɚ/

a person or organization you are closely involved with in some way:

He gave up his job as a police officer after his partner was killed.
The two companies are partners in a contract to build the new factory.

B2 one of the owners of a company:

He's a partner in an insurance company/a law firm.

B1 the person you are married to or living with as if married to them, or the person you are having a sexual relationship with:

I've invited David and his partner over for dinner.

A2 one of a pair of dancers or one of a pair who are playing a sport or a game together, especially when the pair are playing as a team

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partnerverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈpɑːt.nər/ us /ˈpɑːrt.nɚ/

to act as someone's partner in a sport, game, dance, or activity, or to choose someone to do this:

He said that Teddy was the best player he had ever partnered.
Paul partnered with Laura during a dance class and they fell in love.
Each hearing-impaired student is partnered with a hearing helper.

to join with another person or organization in a business activity:

They partnered with a British venture capital firm and formed Armada Skis.
Three companies partnered to purchase 193,000 acres of land.

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(Definition of “partner” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“partner” in American English

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partnernoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɑrt·nər/

one of two people who do something together or are closely involved in some way:

Children, hold your partner’s hand when you cross the street.

A partner in a company is one of the owners.

A partner is also one of two people who dance together or who play a sport or a game together, esp. when they play as a team.

A person’s partner can also be the person to whom someone is married, or to whom the person is not married but with whom they have a close relationship.

partnership
noun [ C/U ] us /ˈpɑrt·nərˌʃɪp/

[ C ] a business partnership

(Definition of “partner” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“partner” in Business English

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partnernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɑːtnər/ us

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.

partnerverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈpɑːtnər/ us

WORKPLACE, FINANCE if a company or person partners with another, they work together:

partner with sb/sth We've partnered with virtually every company in the industry over the years.
As a long-term investor, I look forward to partnering with management and employees.
We will not be buying any companies, as our policy is to partner.

(Definition of “partner” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)