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.
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.
Idioms about 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.
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.
- com·pa·ny·less, adjective
- in·ter·com·pa·ny, adjective
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How to use company in a sentence
By the time it was over, the company was worth over $80 billion.Breaking down why Snowflake's massive IPO stood out from the stock market froth | Dan Primack | September 17, 2020 | Axios
If you want to manage a big company, you probably need to spend the whole of your time managing a big company.Christian Puglisi Is Closing His Influential Copenhagen Restaurants. COVID Is Only Partly to Blame | Rafael Tonon | September 17, 2020 | Eater
The entertainment company will join a growing number of employers giving workers the option to do the same, including Old Navy and Patagonia.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump | Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Facebook also removed a number of accounts as part of what the company said is an ongoing investigation.Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter | Isaac Stanley-Becker | September 15, 2020 | Washington Post
BuzzFeed currently has in the neighborhood of 100 active brand licensing deals and is expecting that the sales from this business will be up by more than 40% year over year, according to a company spokesperson.‘Finding their sweet spot’: How publishers are quickly becoming large global licensors | Kayleigh Barber | September 14, 2020 | Digiday
Through his company, consumers will be able to cheaply make custom DNA strands, including what Heinz calls “creatures.”
“The cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment was not just an attack against a company and its employees,” he said.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
As company after company appeared, we were able to form a pretty exact estimate of their numbers.
No, Sir, said the other, nothing at all except the enjoyment of your good company: and so gave over importuning him.
I assured him I was well refreshed with his good entertainment and company, and as much in my senses as ever I was in my life.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
One Turkish company, about a hundred strong, was making an ugly push within rifle shot of our ship.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
With this company he had rendered valiant service in the campaign which ended with the battle of Pea Ridge.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for company
a number of people gathered together; assembly
the fact of being with someone; companionship: I 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 title: Abbreviation: 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
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with company
In addition to the idioms beginning with company
- company man
- company manners
- keep someone company
- misery loves company
- part company
- two's company
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