[ kuhm-puh-nee ]
/ ˈkʌm pə ni /
noun, plural com·pa·nies.
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.
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.
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Idioms for 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.
Origin of company
synonym study for company
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM companycom·pa·ny·less, adjectivein·ter·com·pa·ny, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for company
/ (ˈkʌmpənɪ) /
noun plural -nies
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
- 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
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
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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