Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that is united or associated with another or others in an activity or a sphere of common interest, especially:
  • n. A member of a business partnership.
  • n. A spouse.
  • n. A domestic partner. See Usage Note at domestic partner.
  • n. Either of two persons dancing together.
  • n. One of a pair or team in a sport or game, such as tennis or bridge.
  • n. Nautical A wooden framework used to strengthen a ship's deck at the point where a mast or other structure passes through it. Often used in the plural.
  • transitive v. To make a partner of.
  • transitive v. To bring together as partners.
  • transitive v. To be the partner of.
  • intransitive v. To work or perform as a partner or partners.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who is associated with another in a common activity or interest.
  • v. to make or be a partner
  • v. to work or perform as a partner
  • n. One of the pieces of wood comprising the framework which strengthens the deck of a wooden ship around the holes through which the mast and other fittings pass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who has a part in anything with an other; a partaker; an associate; a sharer.
  • n. A husband or a wife.
  • n. Either one of a couple who dance together.
  • n. One who shares as a member of a partnership in the management, or in the gains and losses, of a business.
  • n. An associate in any business or occupation; a member of a partnership. See Partnership.
  • n. A framework of heavy timber surrounding an opening in a deck, to strengthen it for the support of a mast, pump, capstan, or the like.
  • transitive v. To associate, to join.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who shares or takes part in anything; a sharer or partaker: as, to be a partner in one's joys and sorrows.
  • n. One who is associated with another or others; an associate.
  • n. One who is associated with another in some game or amusement: One who plays on the same side, as, specifically, in whist. One who dances with another, especially one of the opposite sex.
  • n. One who is associated in marriage with another of the opposite sex; a husband or wife.
  • n. One who is associated with another or others as a principal or the contributor of capital in a business or joint adventure, and usually shares its risks and profits. See partnership.
  • n. pl. Naut., pieces of timber let in between two deck-beams, to form a framing for the support of anything which passes through a vessel's deck, as masts, capstan, or pumps.
  • n. 1 and Friend, Companion, etc. See associate.
  • To join; associate as a partner.
  • n. In an involution, the element coupled with a given element.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is a member of a partnership
  • n. a person's partner in marriage
  • n. an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest
  • v. act as a partner
  • v. provide with a partner

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English partener, alteration (influenced by part, part) of parcener, parcener; see parcener.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late 13c., from Old French parçonneour ("joint heir") from parçon ("partition"), from Latin partitionem ("portion"). The word may also represent Old French part tenour ("part holder").

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  • Energy partner Mark Newbery and corporate ­partner Michael Shaw, now in-house at ­Barclays, led the Herbert Smith team acting for EDF.

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  • Macfarlanes acted for longstanding client Hermes, fielding a team led by funds partner Stephen Sims and featuring corporate partner Luke Powell and tax ­partner Mark Baldwin.

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  • Private equity and venture capital law partner Keir Barrie joins from Osborne Clarke, where he was a ­partner in the London office.

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  • Stuart Salt, Linklaters 'London-based managing partner for emerging Europe, Middle East and North Africa, will take over as Asia ­managing ­partner next month.

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  • Much of that growth can be attributed to Claydon's relationship with former office head and IP licensing partner Julian Thurston, who recently handed the management role to tax ­partner Trevor James.

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  • Indeed, in May this year the firm brought in corporate partner Ken Boehner from Kilpatrick Stockton, while last year it hired litigation ­partner trio Geoffrey Gauci, James Irvine and Charles Pugh from Howrey.

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  • Warsaw partner Ireneusz Matusielanski led on the deal, assisted by local ­partner Rafal Sienski and London partner Carlo ­Kostka.

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