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noun partnership pronunciation in British English /ˈpɑː(r)tnə(r)ʃɪp/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] business the position of being one of two or more people who own a company as partners
    take someone into partnership:

    Webster eventually took his assistant into partnership in 1845.

    go/enter into partnership (with someone):

    Findlay entered into partnership with Smith to form the firm in 1952.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a relationship between two or more people, groups, or countries involved in an activity together

    a partnership of 15 voluntary organizations

    partnership between:

    a strategic partnership between China and Russia

    in partnership with someone/something:

    The festival is being supported by the county council in partnership with local businesses.


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