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Meaning of company by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /ˈkʌmpəni/ X-SAMPA: /"kVmp@ni/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈkʌmpni/ X-SAMPA: "kVmpni


    From Old French compaignie ( “companionship” ) ( Modern French: compagnie ), possibly from Late Latin *compania, but this word is not attested. Old French compaignie is equivalent to Old French compaignon ( Modern French: compagnon ) + -ie. More at companion .


    company ( countable and uncountable; plural: companies )

    1. A group of individuals with a common purpose
      a company of actors .
    2. ( law, business ) An entity that manufactures or sells products ( also known as goods ), or provides services as a commercial venture. A corporation .
    3. ( business ) Any business, without respect to incorporation .
    4. ( uncountable ) Social visitors.
    5. ( uncountable ) companionship.
    6. ( military ) A unit of approximately sixty to one hundred and twenty soldiers, typically consisting of two or three platoons and forming part of a battalion.
      • The Boys in Company C .
    7. A unit of firefighters and their equipment.
    8. ( nautical ) The entire crew of a ship .
    9. ( espionage ) Nickname for an intelligence service.


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    company ( third-person singular simple present companies present participle companying, simple past and past participle companied )

    1. ( archaic ) To accompany, keep company with.


Explanation of company by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. be a companion to somebody

    1. an institution created to conduct business

    2. he only invests in large well-established companies
      he started the company in his garage
    3. a unit of firefighters including their equipment

    4. a hook-and-ladder company
    5. a social gathering of guests or companions

    6. the house was filled with company when I arrived
    7. organization of performers and associated personnel ( especially theatrical )

    8. the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel
    9. small military unit

    10. crew of a ship including the officers

    11. a band of people associated temporarily in some activity

    12. the company of cooks walked into the kitchen
    13. a social or business visitor

    14. the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company
    15. the state of being with someone

    16. he missed their company

    Definition of company by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Company ( kŭmpȧn ), n.; pl. Companies ( kŭmpȧnĭz ). [F. compagnie, fr. OF. compaing. See Companion.]
      1. The state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse. Shak.

      Evil company doth corrupt good manners. 1 Cor. xv. 33. ( Rev. Ver. ).

      Brethren, farewell: your company along

      I will not wish. Milton.

      2. A companion or companions.

      To thee and thy company I bid

      A hearty welcome. Shak.

      3. An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient.

      Thou shalt meet a company of prophets. 1 Sam. x. 5.

      4. Guests or visitors, in distinction from the members of a family; as, “to invite company to dine”.

      5. Society, in general; people assembled for social intercourse.

      Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company. Swift.

      6. An association of persons for the purpose of carrying on some enterprise or business; a corporation; a firm; as, “the East India Company; an insurance company; a joint-stock company”.

      7. Partners in a firm whose names are not mentioned in its style or title; -- often abbreviated in writing; as, “Hottinguer & Co”.

      8. ( Mil. ) A subdivision of a regiment of troops under the command of a captain, numbering in the United States ( full strength ) 100 men.

      9. ( Naut. ) The crew of a ship, including the officers; as, “a whole ship's company”.

      10. The body of actors employed in a theater or in the production of a play.

      To keep company with. See under Keep, v. t.

      Syn. -- Assemblage; assembly; society; group; circle; crowd; troop; crew; gang; corporation; association; fraternity; guild; partnership; copartnery; union; club; party; gathering.

    2. Company v. t. [imp. & p. p. Companied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Companying.] To accompany or go with; to be companion to. [Obs.]

    3. Company, v. i.
      1. To associate.

      Men which have companied with us all the time. Acts i. 21.

      2. To be a gay companion. [Obs.] Spenser.

      3. To have sexual commerce. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.