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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.
d. A lover.
e. Either of two persons dancing together.
f. One of a pair or team in a sport or game, such as tennis or bridge.
2. often partners Nautical A wooden framework used to strengthen a ship's deck at the point where a mast or other structure passes through it.
v. part·nered, part·ner·ing, part·ners
To become partners or work or associate as partners: partnered with a friend in a new venture.
To be or make a partner of: She was partnered with her brother in the canoe race.

[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, league, or alliance or sometimes a collaborator in a suspicious venture: confederates in a scheme to oust the chairman.


pl n
(Nautical Terms) nautical a wooden construction around an opening in a deck, as to support a mast
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My partners do almost everything, I'm merely holding on until you take my place, and can be off at any time.
Whenever the dancers paused to change partners or to catch breath, he would boom out softly, `Who's that goin' back on me?
I knew the geological strata and the--the report of Fairfax and his partners before I consented to take charge of the works.
One of them, in truth, --it was he with the blood-stain on his band,--seemed, unless his gestures were misunderstood, to hold the parchment in his immediate keeping, but was prevented by his two partners in the mystery from disburdening himself of the trust.
He and his old horse used to plod together along the street, like two good partners who understood each other; the horse would stop of his own accord at the doors where they took coal of him; he used to keep one ear bent toward his master.
Tea was made downstairs, biscuits and baked apples and wine before she came away: amazing luck in some of her throws: and she inquired a great deal about you, how you were amused, and who were your partners.
If dancing formed the amusement of the night, they were partners for half the time; and when obliged to separate for a couple of dances, were careful to stand together and scarcely spoke a word to any body else.
His first idea had been to communicate the details in writing; but the partners had, on reflection, thought that the necessary decision might be more readily obtained by a personal interview with his father and his friends.
It was an old-fashioned place, moreover, in the moral attribute that the partners in the House were proud of its smallness, proud of its darkness, proud of its ugliness, proud of its incommodiousness.
Scrooge and he were partners for I don't know how many years.
You and I and Joe would have wanted nothing then, and Joe and I would perhaps have gone partners when I was out of my time, and I might even have grown up to keep company with you, and we might have sat on this very bank on a fine Sunday, quite different people.
The last three, which Agatha liked, helped to make the contrast between Alton and London tolerable to her, but they had their drawbacks, for good partners at the dances, and good performances at the spiritless opera and concerts, were disappointingly scarce.

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