- ( UK, US ) IPA: /ˈkʌmpəni/ X-SAMPA: /"kVmp@ni/
- ( US ) IPA: /ˈkʌmpni/ X-SAMPA: "kVmpni
- A group of individuals with a common purpose
- a company of actors .
- ( law, business ) An entity that manufactures or sells products ( also known as goods ), or provides services as a commercial venture. A corporation .
- ( business ) Any business, without respect to incorporation .
- ( uncountable ) Social visitors.
- ( uncountable ) companionship.
- ( 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 .
- A unit of firefighters and their equipment.
- ( nautical ) The entire crew of a ship .
- ( espionage ) Nickname for an intelligence service.
- a man is known by the company he keeps
- British East India Company
- company clinic
- company doctor
- company front
- company man
- company officer
- company seal
- company-specific risk
- company store
- company time
- company town
- company union
- fast company
- fire company
- growth company
- holding company
- incorporated company
- insurance company
- investment company
- joint-stock company
- keep somebody company
- listed company
- limited liability company
- livery company
- management company
- mixed company
- ( archaic ) To accompany, keep company with.
- 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts X:
- 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 2:
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 .
Explanation of company by Wordnet Dictionary
- a hook-and-ladder company
small military unit
- 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.
- Company v. t. [imp. & p. p. Companied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Companying.] To accompany or go with; to be companion to. [Obs.]
- 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.
Definition of company by GCIDE Dictionary