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com•pa•ny(ˈkʌm pə ni)
n., pl. -nies, n.
CompanyExamples: 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.
A company is a business organization that makes money by selling goods or services.
In British English, you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb after company.
Note that American speakers usually use only a singular verb form with company.
Past participle: companied
|Noun||1.||company - 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
dot com, dot com company, dot-com - a company that operates its business primarily on the internet using a URL that ends in `.com'
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
transportation company - a company providing transportation
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
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
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 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"
|4.||company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"|
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
|5.||company - a social or business visitor; "the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company"|
|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
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"|
|Verb||1.||company - be a companion to somebody|
"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]
"A man is known by the company he keeps"
"Two is company, three's a crowd"
it's company for her → le hace compañía
he's good/poor company → es/no es muy agradable estar con él
to keep sb company → hacer compañía a algn, acompañar a algn
two's company(, three's a crowd) → dos es compañía, tres es multitud
to get into bad company → tener malas compañías
to be in good company (fig) → estar bien acompañado
to join company with → reunirse con
to part company → separarse (with de) (fig) (= come apart, unstuck) → desprenderse, soltarse (with de) present company excepted → mejorando lo presente, salvando a los presentes
a man is known by the company he keeps → dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres
we have company → tenemos visita or invitados
are you expecting company? → ¿esperas visita?
Smith and Company → Smith y Compañía
he's a company man → se desvive por la empresa
in company time → en horas de trabajo
see also limited
company commander N → capitán m de compañía
company director N → director(a) m/f de empresa
company law N → derecho m de compañías
company lawyer N (Brit) (Jur) → abogado mf empresarial; (working within company) → abogado mf de la compañía
company policy N → política f de la empresa
company secretary N → administrador(a) m/f de empresa
company union N (US) → sindicato m de empresa
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
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
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
company[ˈkʌmp/ənɪ] 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