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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM companycom·pa·ny·less, adjectivein·ter·com·pa·ny, adjective
Words nearby company
What does company mean?
Company refers to a group of people.
Company is a common word with many different specific meanings, but they all have to do with a gathering of people or interaction among a group of people.
The word company perhaps most commonly refers to a business. Energizer is a company that makes and sells batteries. When company is used in the name of a business, it is often abbreviated as Co.
Company can be the guests you have over to your house. It can also refer to the presence of others: enjoying the company of your cousins.
Example: Sarah likes to walk home from school in the company of her best friend, Joe.
Where does company come from?
The first records of the word company come from around 1200. It ultimately comes from the Late Latin compāniō, meaning “bread fellow.” Companion comes from the same source. Like companion, company has to do with people interacting with each other.
Company is used generally to mean a group of people gathered together. A parent may not like the company (friends) that their child keeps. Company can also be used to mean specific groups of people.
Company can refer to a small unit within the military or a larger group of firefighters. A ship’s crew is also a company.
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What are some other forms related to company?
- companies (plural noun)
- companyless (adjective)
- intercompany (adjective)
What are some synonyms for company?
What are some words that share a root or word element with company?
What are some words that often get used in discussing company?
How is company used in real life?
Company is most often used to mean a business or the people someone surrounds themself with.
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— David Smalley (@SmalleyDa) September 22, 2020
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The loner superhero preferred the company of bats to other people.
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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
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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|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|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
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
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