partner


partner
partner, copartner, colleague, ally, confederate all denote an associate but they differ markedly in connotation and are not freely interchangeable.
Partner implies especially an associate in a business (partnership) or one of two associates (as in some games, in a dance, or in marriage)
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in mind and character Mrs. Adams was a worthy partner throughout his career— W. C. Ford

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Since partner alone implies association, the addition of co-, with its implication of association, in copartner sometimes adds little or nothing to partner; thus, one may refer equally to partners or copartners in crime. Copartner, however, can distinctively imply fellow partner
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the authority of a partner to bind his copartners—Encyc. Brit.

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or equality of share
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a copartner in that sovereignty of the people— Spence

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Colleague applies typically to an associate in office or in professional or academic relations
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like their colleagues elsewhere, Illinois' lawmakers lack adequate facilities and staffs— Armbrister

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Ally and confederate, though referable to persons, more frequently denote an associated state or government.
Ally suggests an often temporary association in a common cause (as the prosecution of a war) or in affairs of policy or statecraft
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it is not really the treaty that makes an ally of another nation— Hayes

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Confederate (see also CONFEDERATE 2) implies an entering into a confederacy or confederation and usually suggests a closer or more permanent union for strength and solidarity.
Antonyms: rival

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