noun, plural com·pa·nies.
- 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.
verb (used without object), com·pa·nied, com·pa·ny·ing.
verb (used with object), com·pa·nied, com·pa·ny·ing.
- 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.
Origin of company
Synonyms for company
Related Words for companygroup, club, community, team, party, association, firm, corporation, business, enterprise, society, gathering, set, corps, gang, mob, ring, zoo, horde, cortege
Examples from the Web for company
Contemporary Examples of company
Through his company, consumers will be able to cheaply make custom DNA strands, including what Heinz calls “creatures.”Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
“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
January 8, 2015
They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
“How we do business is just as important as the business we do,” the company recently said in a press release.
So now the company is asking the FCC to, in effect, reverse itself.
Historical Examples of company
The company smiled, and the philosopher answered, "I am Plato."Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Left Alexander Spring, in company with Windich, to look for water ahead.Explorations in Australia
This to the same tune, till every hand had been shaken by every one of the company.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
"I shall be very glad to have your company, Robert," said Hester.Brave and Bold
"Be seated, Caleb," said Mr Clayton, as we entered the room in company.
noun plural -nies
- 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)
verb -nies, -nying or -nied
Word Origin for 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with company
- company man
- company manners
- keep someone company
- misery loves company
- part company
- two's company