I was reading a autobiography online, and in that context , I come across a phrase

"she was survived by her partner,.....(partner's name)"

what does the author mean to say?

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    Can you please show us you have done some research? – Lambie Oct 26 '19 at 16:25

When you say "someone was survived by so-and-so", it means that that someone is deceased, and their surviving relatives are so-and-so.

Here, it means "her partner X was still alive when she died."

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It means that after her death, her partner is still alive.

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If you see:

He was 43 and is survived by his wife, a son and daughter.

then that means he died while those family members are still alive.

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