- a number of individuals assembled or associated together; group of people.
- a guest or guests: We're having company for dinner.
- an assemblage of persons for social purposes.
- companionship; fellowship; association: I always enjoy her company.
- one's usual companions: I don't like the company he keeps.
- society collectively.
- a number of persons united or incorporated for joint action, especially for business: a publishing company; a dance company.
- (initial capital letter) the members of a firm not specifically named in the firm's title: George Higgins and Company.
- the smallest body of troops, consisting of a headquarters and two or three platoons.
- any relatively small group of soldiers.
- Army.a basic unit with both tactical and administrative functions.
- a unit of firefighters, including their special apparatus: a hook-and-ladder company.
- Also called ship's company. a ship's crew, including the officers.
- a medieval trade guild.
- the Company, Informal. a nation's major intelligence-gathering and espionage organization, as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
- Archaic. to associate.
- Archaic. to accompany.
- keep company,
- to associate with; be a friend of.
- Informal.to go together, as in courtship: My sister has been keeping company with a young lawyer.
- part company,
- to cease association or friendship with: We parted company 20 years ago after the argument.
- to take a different or opposite view; differ: He parted company with his father on politics.
- to separate: We parted company at the airport.
Origin of company
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- a number of people gathered together; assembly
- the fact of being with someone; companionshipI enjoy her company
- a social visitor or visitors; guest or guests
- a business enterprise
- the members of an enterprise not specifically mentioned in the enterprise's titleAbbreviation: Co, co
- a group of actors, usually including business and technical personnel
- a unit of around 100 troops, usually comprising two or more platoons
- the officers and crew of a ship
- a unit of Girl Guides
- English history a medieval guild
- keep company or bear company
- to accompany (someone)
- (esp of lovers) to associate with each other; spend time together
- part company
- to end a friendship or association, esp as a result of a quarrel; separate
- (foll by with)to leave; go away (from); be separated (from)
- archaic to keep company or associate (with someone)
Word Origin and History for keep company
mid-12c., "large group of people," from Old French compagnie "society, friendship, intimacy; body of soldiers" (12c.), from Late Latin companio (see companion). Meaning "companionship" is from late 13c. Sense of "business association" first recorded 1550s, having earlier been used in reference to trade guilds (c.1300). Meaning "subdivision of an infantry regiment" is from 1580s. Abbreviation co. dates from 1670s.
Idioms and Phrases with keep company
Also, keep company with. Associate with; also, carry on a courtship. For example, He keeps company with a wild bunch, or Jack and Françoise kept company for two years before they married. [Mid-1500s]
keep someone company. Accompany or remain with someone, as in Mary kept Mother company while she shopped, or Do you want me to stay and keep you company? This term was originally put as bear someone company. [c. 1300]