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part·ner  (p?rtnr)
1. One that is united or associated with another or others in an activity or a sphere of common interest, especially:
a. A member of a business partnership.
b. A spouse.
c. A domestic partner. See Usage Note at domestic partner.
d. Either of two persons dancing together.
e. One of a pair or team in a sport or game, such as tennis or bridge.
2. Nautical A wooden framework used to strengthen a ships deck at the point where a mast or other structure passes through it. Often used in the plural.
v. part·nered, part·ner·ing, part·ners
1. To make a partner of.
2. To bring together as partners.
3. To be the partner of.
To work or perform as a partner or partners.

[Middle English partener, alteration (influenced by part, part) of parcener, parcener; see parcener.]
Synonyms: partner, colleague, ally, confederate
These nouns all denote one who is united or associated with another, as in a venture or relationship. A partner participates in a relationship in which each member has equal status: a partner in a law firm.
A colleague is an associate in an occupation or a profession: a colleague and fellow professor.
An ally is one who associates with another, at least temporarily, in a common cause: countries that were allies in World War II.
A confederate is a member of a confederacy, a league, or an alliance or sometimes a collaborator in a suspicious venture: confederates in a scheme to oust the chairman.

partner  /prtnr/  n. 1 a person who joins together with one or more people for a common purpose: A husband and wife are partners in marriage.||My partner and I play tennis together. 2 one of the owners of a business: The partners in that company work hard. 3 a person with whom one dances: His partner can really dance well. 4 silent partner: an inactive investor in a business
v. [I] to become a partner: The companies partnered to make a new kind of computer.

Thesaurus: partner n. 1 a teammate | colleague 2 a co-owner, principal. partner

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