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
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.
Also, keep company with. Associate with; also, carry on a courtship. For example, He keeps company with a wild bunch, or Jack and Françoise kept company for two years before they married. [Mid-1500s]
keep someone company. Accompany or remain with someone, as in Mary kept Mother company while she shopped, or Do you want me to stay and keep you company? This term was originally put as bear someone company. [c. 1300]
In addition to the idioms beginning with company
- company man
- company manners
- keep someone company
- misery loves company
- part company
- two's company