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com·pa·ny

 (kŭm′pə-nē)
n. pl. com·pa·nies
1. A group of persons: a company of scientists.
2.
a. One's companions or associates: moved in fast company; is known by the company she keeps.
b. A guest or guests: had company for the weekend.
c. The state of friendly companionship; fellowship: was grateful for her company; friends who finally parted company.
3.
a. A business enterprise; a firm.
b. A partner or partners not specifically named in a firm's title: Lee Rogers and Company.
4. A troupe of dramatic or musical performers: a repertory company.
5.
a. A subdivision of a military regiment or battalion that constitutes the lowest administrative unit. It is usually under the command of a captain and is made up of at least two platoons.
b. A unit of firefighters.
6. A ship's crew and officers. See Usage Note at collective noun.
v. com·pa·nied, com·pa·ny·ing, com·pa·nies
v.tr.
To accompany or associate with.
v.intr.
To keep company with someone; associate.

[Middle English compainie, from Old French compaignie, from Vulgar Latin *compānia, from *compāniō, companion; see companion1.]

company

(ˈkʌmpənɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. a number of people gathered together; assembly
2. the fact of being with someone; companionship: I enjoy her company.
3. a social visitor or visitors; guest or guests
4. (Commerce) a business enterprise
5. (Commerce) the members of an enterprise not specifically mentioned in the enterprise's title. Abbreviation: Co or co
6. (Theatre) a group of actors, usually including business and technical personnel
7. (Military) a unit of around 100 troops, usually comprising two or more platoons
8. (Nautical Terms) the officers and crew of a ship
9. (Other Non-sporting Hobbies) a unit of Girl Guides
10. (Historical Terms) English history a medieval guild
11. keep company bear company
a. to accompany (someone)
b. (esp of lovers) to associate with each other; spend time together
12. part company
a. to end a friendship or association, esp as a result of a quarrel; separate
b. (foll by with) to leave; go away (from); be separated (from)
vb, -nies, -nying or -nied
archaic to keep company or associate (with someone)
[C13: from Old French compaignie, from compain companion, fellow, from Late Latin compāniō; see companion1]

com•pa•ny

(ˈkʌm pə ni)

n., pl. -nies, n.
1. a number of individuals assembled or associated together; group of people.
2. a guest or guests: We're having company tonight.
3. companionship; fellowship; association: We always enjoy her company.
4. one's usual companions: I dislike the company you keep.
5. a number of persons united or incorporated for joint action, esp. for business: a publishing company; a dance company.
6. (cap.) the partners of a firm not specified in its title:Jones & Company.
7.
a. a basic unit of troops comprising a headquarters and two or three platoons.
b. any relatively small group of soldiers.
8. the Company, Informal. the CIA.
9. a unit of firefighters.
v.i.
10. Archaic. to associate.
v.t.
11. Archaic. to accompany.
Idioms:
1. keep company,
a. to associate in or as if in courtship: She keeps company with a teacher.
b. (of a couple) to spend time together regularly; go out on dates, as in courtship.
2. keep someone company, to associate with or be a companion to someone.
3. part company,
a. to separate: We parted company at the airport.
b. to cease association or friendship.
c. to take an opposite view; differ.
[1200–50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French compaignie companionship, derivative of compain < Late Latin compāniō]

Company

 Examples: company of actors [often used collectively as “the company”]; of apostles, 1548; of fair maidens, 1325; of fowls, 1393; of fine glasses, 1621; of islands, 1677; of moles; of musicians; of parrots; of players; of prophets; of small roots, 1577; of ships [merchant fleet]; of soldiers; of turbot, 1864; of widgeon, 1856.

company

A company is a business organization that makes money by selling goods or services.

He is a geologist employed by an oil company.

In British English, you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb after company.

The company has taken on 1600 more highly-paid staff.
The company have quickly established an enviable reputation since their foundation in 1984.

Note that American speakers usually use only a singular verb form with company.

Another major American company has announced massive layoffs and other cost-cutting measures.

company


Past participle: companied
Gerund: companying

Imperative
company
company
Present
I company
you company
he/she/it companies
we company
you company
they company
Preterite
I companied
you companied
he/she/it companied
we companied
you companied
they companied
Present Continuous
I am companying
you are companying
he/she/it is companying
we are companying
you are companying
they are companying
Present Perfect
I have companied
you have companied
he/she/it has companied
we have companied
you have companied
they have companied
Past Continuous
I was companying
you were companying
he/she/it was companying
we were companying
you were companying
they were companying
Past Perfect
I had companied
you had companied
he/she/it had companied
we had companied
you had companied
they had companied
Future
I will company
you will company
he/she/it will company
we will company
you will company
they will company
Future Perfect
I will have companied
you will have companied
he/she/it will have companied
we will have companied
you will have companied
they will have companied
Future Continuous
I will be companying
you will be companying
he/she/it will be companying
we will be companying
you will be companying
they will be companying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been companying
you have been companying
he/she/it has been companying
we have been companying
you have been companying
they have been companying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been companying
you will have been companying
he/she/it will have been companying
we will have been companying
you will have been companying
they will have been companying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been companying
you had been companying
he/she/it had been companying
we had been companying
you had been companying
they had been companying
Conditional
I would company
you would company
he/she/it would company
we would company
you would company
they would company
Past Conditional
I would have companied
you would have companied
he/she/it would have companied
we would have companied
you would have companied
they would have companied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.company - an institution created to conduct businesscompany - an institution created to conduct business; "he only invests in large well-established companies"; "he started the company in his garage"
broadcasting company - a company that manages tv or radio stations
bureau de change - (French) an establishment where you can exchange foreign money
auto company, car company - a company that makes and sells automobiles
dot com, dot com company, dot-com - a company that operates its business primarily on the internet using a URL that ends in `.com'
drug company, pharma, pharmaceutical company - a company that makes and sells pharmaceuticals
East India Company - an English company formed in 1600 to develop trade with the new British colonies in India and southeastern Asia; in the 18th century it assumed administrative control of Bengal and held it until the British army took over in 1858 after the Indian Mutiny
electronics company - a company that makes and sells electronic instruments
film company - a company that makes, advertises, and distributes movies
food company - a company that processes and sells food
furniture company - a company that sells furniture
mining company - a company that owns and manages mines
shipping company - a company that provides shipping services
steel company - a company that makes and sells steel
subsidiary company, subsidiary - a company that is completely controlled by another company
transportation company - a company providing transportation
institution, establishment - an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
distributor - a company that markets merchandise; "his company is a large distributor of software products"
oil company - a company that sells oil
packaging company, packaging concern - a company that packages goods for sale or shipment or storage
pipeline company - a company that operates oil pipelines for the oil industry
printing business, printing company, printing concern - a company that does commercial printing
corporate investor - a company that invests in (acquires control of) other companies
takeover target, target company - a company that has been chosen as attractive for takeover by a potential acquirer
white knight - a company that is a friendly acquirer in a takeover
Ld., limited company, Ltd. - a company that is organized to give its owners limited liability
holding company - a company with controlling shares in other companies
service - a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
livery company - one of the chartered companies of London originating with the craft guilds
open shop - a company whose workers are hired without regard to their membership in a labor union
closed shop - a company that hires only union members
union shop - a company allowed to hire nonunion workers on the condition that they will join the union within a specified time
stock company - a company whose capital is represented by stock
joint-stock company - a company (usually unincorporated) which has the capital of its members pooled in a common fund; transferable shares represent ownership interest; shareholders are legally liable for all debts of the company
record company - a company that makes and sells musical recordings
moving company, public mover, removal company, removal firm, mover - a company that moves the possessions of a family or business from one site to another
think factory, think tank - a company that does research for hire and issues reports on the implications
shipper - a company in the business of shipping freight
2.company - small military unit; usually two or three platoons
army unit - a military unit that is part of an army
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
battle group - an army unit usually consisting of five companies
battalion - an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies
platoon - a military unit that is a subdivision of a company; usually has a headquarters and two or more squads; usually commanded by a lieutenant
trainband - a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th century
3.company - the state of being with someonecompany - the state of being with someone; "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends"
freemasonry - a natural or instinctive fellowship between people of similar interests; "he enjoyed the freemasonry of the Press"
friendly relationship, friendship - the state of being friends (or friendly)
4.company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
opera company - a company that produces operas
theater company - a company that produces plays
ballet company - a company that produces ballets
Greek chorus, chorus - a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play
circus - a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals; "he ran away from home to join the circus"
minstrel show - a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokes
minstrelsy - a troupe of minstrels
cast, cast of characters, dramatis personae - the actors in a play
5.company - a social or business visitorcompany - a social or business visitor; "the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company"
visitant, visitor - someone who visits
6.company - a social gathering of guests or companions; "the house was filled with company when I arrived"
attendance - the number of people that are present; "attendance was up by 50 per cent"
cohort - a company of companions or supporters
social affair, social gathering - a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship
number - a select company of people; "I hope to become one of their number before I die"
7.company - a band of people associated temporarily in some activity; "they organized a party to search for food"; "the company of cooks walked into the kitchen"
band, circle, lot, set - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
fatigue party - a group of soldiers on fatigue duty
landing party - a part of a ship's company organized for special duties ashore
party to the action, party to the transaction - a party of people taking a role in legal proceedings
rescue party - a party of rescuers
search party - a party of people to search for someone
stretcher party - a party of people with stretchers to carry an injured person
war party - a band of warriors who raid or fight an enemy (used especially of Native Americans)
8.company - crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship
full complement, complement - number needed to make up a whole force; "a full complement of workers"
crew - the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)
9.company - a unit of firefighters including their equipment; "a hook-and-ladder company"
social unit, unit - an organization regarded as part of a larger social group; "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"; "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"
Verb1.company - be a companion to somebodycompany - be a companion to somebody    
affiliate, assort, consort, associate - keep company with; hang out with; "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues"

company

noun
1. business, firm, association, corporation, partnership, establishment, syndicate, house, concern She worked as a secretary in an insurance company.
2. group, troupe, set, community, league, band, crowd, camp, collection, gathering, circle, crew, assembly, convention, ensemble, throng, coterie, bevy, assemblage, party, body He was a notable young actor in a company of rising stars.
3. troop, unit, squad, team The division consists of two tank companies and one infantry company.
4. companionship, society, presence, fellowship I would be grateful for your company on the drive back.
5. guests, party, visitors, callers Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realise you had company.
Quotations
"Every man is like the company he is wont to keep" [Euripides Phoenix]
"A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools" [Thomas Fuller Gnomologia]
"Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art" [Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote]
Proverbs
"A man is known by the company he keeps"
"Two is company, three's a crowd"

company

noun
1. A number of persons who have come or been gathered together:
Informal: get-together.
2. A person or persons visiting one:
3. A pleasant association among people:
4. A commercial organization:
Informal: outfit.
5. A group of people acting together in a shared activity:
verb
To be with or go with (another):
Obsolete: consort.
Idiom: go hand in hand with.
Translations
رِفاق، أصْدِقاءرِفْقَهسَرِيَّة جُنودشركةشَرِكَة
společnostnávštěvapartarotaskupina
selskabvirksomhedfirmagæsterkompagni
yrityskomppaniakumppanuusliikepalokunta
kompanija
vállalatvendégek
félagsskapurfyrirtækigesturundirfylki
会社
회사
įmonėkuopasudaryti kompanijąsvečiai
kompānijarotasabiedrībaviesi
hostia
četadružbapodjetje
sällskap
บริษัท
şirketarkadaşlararkadaşlıkbölükdostlar
công ty

company

[ˈkʌmpənɪ]
A. N
1. (= companionship) → compañía f
it's company for herle hace compañía
he's good/poor companyes/no es muy agradable estar con él
to keep sb companyhacer compañía a algn, acompañar a algn
two's company(, three's a crowd)dos es compañía, tres es multitud
2. (= group, friends) to keep bad companyandar en malas compañías
to get into bad companytener malas compañías
to be in good company (fig) → estar bien acompañado
to join company withreunirse con
to part companysepararse (with de) (fig) (= come apart, unstuck) → desprenderse, soltarse (with de) present company exceptedmejorando lo presente, salvando a los presentes
a man is known by the company he keepsdime con quién andas y te diré quién eres
3. (no pl) (= guests) → visita f, invitados mpl
we have companytenemos visita or invitados
are you expecting company?¿esperas visita?
4. (Comm) (= firm) → compañía f, empresa f; (= association) → sociedad f
Smith and CompanySmith y Compañía
he's a company manse desvive por la empresa
in company timeen horas de trabajo
see also limited
5. (Mil) → compañía f, unidad f
ship's companytripulación f
6. (Theat) → compañía f (de teatro)
B. CPD company car Ncoche m de la empresa
company commander Ncapitán m de compañía
company director Ndirector(a) m/f de empresa
company law Nderecho m de compañías
company lawyer N (Brit) (Jur) → abogado mf empresarial; (working within company) → abogado mf de la compañía
company policy Npolítica f de la empresa
company secretary Nadministrador(a) m/f de empresa
company union N (US) → sindicato m de empresa

company

[ˈkʌmpəni] n
(= business, firm) → entreprise f, société f
He works for a big company → Il travaille pour une grosse entreprise., Il travaille pour une grosse société.
an insurance company → une compagnie d'assurance
an oil company → une compagnie pétrolière
Smith and Company → Smith et Compagnie
(= companionship) → compagnie f
to keep sb company → tenir compagnie à qn
I'll keep you company → Je vais te tenir compagnie.
to part company with sb → se séparer de qn
good company (= person)
He's good company → Il est d'une compagnie agréable.
to be in good company (= not the only one) → ne pas être le seul(la)(e)
to keep company with sb (= spend time with) → fréquenter qn
(= people, visitors) to have company → avoir de la visite
We have company → Nous avons de la visite.
to be in company (= not alone) → être en société
present company excepted → à l'exception des personnes ici présentes
(THEATRE)troupe f
a theatre company → une troupe de théâtre
(MILITARY)compagnie fcompany car nvoiture f de fonctioncompany director ndirecteur/trice m/f général(e)company law ndroit m des sociétéscompany logo nlogo m de la compagniecompany pension ncaisse f de retraite d'entreprisecompany secretary n (British)secrétaire mf général (d'une société)

company

n
Gesellschaft f; to keep somebody companyjdm Gesellschaft leisten; to keep company with somebodymit jdm verkehren; I enjoy companyich bin gern in Gesellschaft, ich habe gern Gesellschaft; I enjoy his companyich bin gern mit ihm zusammen; female companyDamengesellschaft f; he arrived with female companyer kam in Damenbegleitung; he’s good companyseine Gesellschaft ist angenehm; he came along just for (the) companyer kam bloß mit, um Gesellschaft zu haben; he doesn’t know how to behave in companyer weiß nicht, wie man sich in Gesellschaft benimmt; I/he in company with …ich/er, genauso wie …; she is not fit company for your sistersie ist nicht der richtige Umgang für deine Schwester; a man is known by the company he keeps (prov) → sage mir, mit wem du umgehst, so sage ich dir, wer du bist (prov); she has a cat, it’s company for hersie hält sich eine Katze, da hat sie (wenigstens) Gesellschaft; you’ll be in good company if …wenn du …, bist du in guter Gesellschaft
(= guests)Besuch m
(Comm) → Firma f, → Gesellschaft f; Smith & Company, Smith & Co.Smith & Co.; shipping companySchifffahrtsgesellschaft f, → Reederei f; publishing companyVerlagshaus nt, → Verlag m; a printing/clothes companyein Druckerei-/Textilbetrieb m; that’s paid for by the companydas bezahlt die Firma
(Theat) → (Schauspiel)truppe f
(Naut) ship’s companyBesatzung f
(Mil) → Kompanie f
attrFirmen-; he has a company BMWer hat einen BMW als Firmenwagen

company

:
company car
nFirmenwagen m
company commander
n (Mil) → Kompaniechef m
company director
nDirektor(in) m(f), → Firmenchef(in) m(f)
company law
nGesellschaftsrecht nt
company lawyer
n (for company law) → Gesellschaftsrechtler(in) m(f); (within company) → Hausjurist(in) m(f)
company loyalty
nFirmentreue f
company man
ntreues or loyales Firmenmitglied
company policy
nGeschäftspolitik f
company secretary
n (Brit Comm) → ˜ Prokurist(in) m(f)
company sergeant major
n (Mil) → Kompaniefeldwebel m
company time
nArbeitszeit f

company

[ˈkʌmpnɪ] n (gen, also) (Mil, Theatre) → compagnia (Comm, Fin) → società f inv, compagnia
ship's company → equipaggio
he's good/poor company → è di buona/cattiva compagnia
to keep sb company → tenere or fare compagnia a qn
to get into bad company → farsi cattive amicizie
to keep bad company → frequentare cattive compagnie
to part company with sb → dividersi or separarsi da qn
we have company this evening → abbiamo ospiti stasera
Smith and Company → Smith e soci

company

(ˈkampəni) plural ˈcompanies noun
1. a number of people joined together for a (commercial) purpose. a glass-manufacturing company.
2. guests. I'm expecting company tonight.
3. companionship. I was grateful for her company; She's always good company.
4. a group of companions. He got into bad company.
5. a large group of soldiers, especially part of an infantry battalion.
keep (someone) company
to go, stay etc with (someone). I'll come too, and keep you company.
part company (with)
to leave or separate. They parted company (with each other) at the bus stop.

company

شَرِكَة společnost selskab Firma εταιρεία compañía, empresa yritys compagnie kompanija società 会社 회사 bedrijf bedrift spółka empresa компания sällskap บริษัท şirket công ty 公司

company

n. compañía, establecimiento, empresa.
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes at night she was quite beside herself with the thought, but when she tried to talk of the matter to the members of the theatrical companies that came to Winesburg and stopped at her father's hotel, she got nowhere.
IN LINCOLN THE BEST part of the theatrical season came late, when the good companies stopped off there for one-night stands, after their long runs in New York and Chicago.
It is a corps which has many majors; the gentleman you name is the senior, but I speak of the junior of them all; he who commands the companies in garrison at William Henry.
But here be it premised, that owing to the unwearied activity with which of late they have been hunted over all four oceans, the Sperm Whales, instead of almost invariably sailing in small detached companies, as in former times, are now frequently met with in extensive herds, sometimes embracing so great a multitude, that it would almost seem as if numerous nations of them had sworn solemn league and covenant for mutual assistance and protection.
And besides, the companies were thieves, people said--had stolen all their franchises with the help of scoundrelly politicians!
The Seventh Cavalry still in garrison, here; also the Ninth Dragoons, two artillery companies, and some infantry.
Baedeker knows all about hotels, railway and diligence companies, and speaks his mind freely.
He presently got safely beyond the reach of capture and punishment, and hastened toward the public square of the village, where two "military" companies of boys had met for conflict, according to previous appointment.
I had tried to rescue him, for one night at least, from degrading associates and degrading pleasures, by persuading him to go with me to a ball given by one of the great City Companies.
Stryver, a man of little more than thirty, but looking twenty years older than he was, stout, loud, red, bluff, and free from any drawback of delicacy, had a pushing way of shouldering himself (morally and physically) into companies and conversations, that argued well for his shouldering his way up in life.
Most gipsies are merely tenth-rate provincial companies, travelling with and villainously travestying Borrow's great pieces of "Lavengro" and "Romany Rye.
All products that can in the nature of things be manufactured elsewhere than where they are consumed will be imported in payment of deer-forest rents from foreign sportsmen, or of dividends due to shareholders resident in England, but holding shares in companies abroad, and these imports will not be paid for by ex ports, because rent and interest are not paid for at all--a fact which the Free Traders do not yet see, or at any rate do not mention, although it is the key to the whole mystery of their opponents.

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