company

[ kuhm-puh-nee ]
/ ˈkʌm pə ni /

noun, plural com·pa·nies.

verb (used without object), com·pa·nied, com·pa·ny·ing.

Archaic. to associate.

verb (used with object), com·pa·nied, com·pa·ny·ing.

Archaic. to accompany.

Idioms

    keep company,
    1. to associate with; be a friend of.
    2. Informal. to go together, as in courtship: My sister has been keeping company with a young lawyer.
    part company,
    1. to cease association or friendship with: We parted company 20 years ago after the argument.
    2. to take a different or opposite view; differ: He parted company with his father on politics.
    3. to separate: We parted company at the airport.

Origin of company

1200–50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French compaignie companionship, equivalent to compain (< Late Latin compāniō; see companion1) + -ie -y3

SYNONYMS FOR company

Related forms

com·pa·ny·less, adjectivein·ter·com·pa·ny, adjective

Synonym study

1. Company, band, party, troop refer to a group of people formally or informally associated. Company is the general word and means any group of people: a company of motorists. Band, used especially of a band of musicians, suggests a relatively small group pursuing the same purpose or sharing a common fate: a concert by a band; a band of survivors. Party, except when used of a political group, usually implies an indefinite and temporary assemblage, as for some common pursuit: a spelunking party. Troop, used specifically of a body of cavalry, usually implies a number of individuals organized as a unit: a troop of cavalry.
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British Dictionary definitions for company's

company

/ (ˈkʌmpənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

verb -nies, -nying or -nied

archaic to keep company or associate (with someone)

Word Origin for company

C13: from Old French compaignie, from compain companion, fellow, from Late Latin compāniō; see companion 1
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Idioms and Phrases with company's

company


In addition to the idioms beginning with company

  • company man
  • company manners

also see:

  • keep someone company
  • misery loves company
  • part company
  • two's company
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