1. The state of being a partner.
a. A business entity in which two or more co-owners contribute resources, share in profits and losses, and are individually liable for the entity's actions.
b. The persons participating in such a business entity.
3. A relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility, as for the achievement of a specified goal: Neighborhood groups formed a partnership to fight crime.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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