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.
- companionate marriage,
- company doctor,
- company grade,
- company man,
- company manners,
- company of jesus
- 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
Examples from the Web for company
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
“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.
Andre-Louis' eyes swept round the company assembled at the supper-table.Scaramouche|Rafael Sabatini
The Company returned late in the evening to their Head-Quarters, highly pleased with their evening's entertainments.
I myself would have made light of it had I known what was still in store for the Esmeralda and her company.The Crack of Doom|Robert Cromie
The order was promptly obeyed, and the commander rode forward with the captain of the second company.In The Saddle|Oliver Optic
And no company had she but her foster-sister, and an old woman who had been her nurse.The Red Romance Book|Various
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