Company definition

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To keep company with someone; associate.
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A ship's crew and officers.
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A business enterprise; a firm.
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A troupe of dramatic or musical performers.

A repertory company.

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One's companions or associates.

Moved in fast company; is known by the company she keeps.

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A unit of firefighters.
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A company, usually a corporation, organized to influence or control other companies by such means as owning large amounts of stock in other corporations. See also company.
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A company, usually a corporation, in which the investor or shareholder’s liability is limited to the amount invested or the value of the person’s share.
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A holding company, usually with a limited number of shareholders and with over half of its income coming from such passive sources as capital gains, dividends, interest, rent, and royalties. The income is subject to a special tax in order to prevent individuals from avoiding income taxes by placing their assets in such corporations.
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A company, usually incorporated, that provides trust services, such as administering trusts and managing funds and property held in trust. Trust companies sometimes operate as commercial banks as well.
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A guest or guests.

Had company for the weekend.

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The state of friendly companionship; fellowship.

Was grateful for her company; friends who finally parted company.

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A partner or partners not specifically named in a firm's title.

Lee Rogers and Company.

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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.
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A group of individuals, such as an association, corporation, partnership, or union, associated for the purpose of carrying out, maintaining, or performing a commercial or industrial enterprise.
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An unincorporated company whose owners pool capital into a common fund in exchange for a number of shares proportionate to their respective investments. However, unlike a partnership, the shares can be transferred without the express consent of the other owners and, unlike a corporation, the owners are personally liable to the company’s creditors if the company cannot pay its bills. See also company.
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An entity that blends features of a corporation and a partnership, but is neither; owners are called “members” and may consist of one or more individuals, corporations, or even other LLCs. Members have some of the same protection as stockholders in a corporation, especially, no personal liability.
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A corporation that owns more than half of the voting stock of another corporation. Also called parent corporation. See also affiliate, company, corporation, and subsidiary.
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A team; a group of people who work together professionally.
  • A group of individuals with a common purpose.
    A company of actors.
  • (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.
    It took six companies to put out the fire.
  • (nautical) The entire crew of a ship.
  • (espionage) Nickname for an intelligence service.
    As he had worked for the CIA for over 30 years, he would soon take retirement from the company.
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(business) Any business, without respect to incorporation.
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(uncountable) Social visitors or companions.

Keep the house clean; I have company coming.

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(uncountable) Companionship.

I treasure your company.

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(archaic) To accompany, keep company with.
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(archaic, intransitive) To associate.
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The definition of company is a guest or a group of people associated with each other.

An example of company is a guest coming over for Christmas.

An example of company is a theater group.

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A group of persons.

A company of scientists.

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To accompany or associate with.
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Companionship; society.

To enjoy another's company.

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A group of people.
  • A group gathered for social purposes.
  • A group associated for some purpose, as to form a commercial or industrial firm.
    A theatrical company, a manufacturing company.
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A trade guild in the Middle Ages.
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The partners whose names are not given in the title of a firm.

John Smith and Company.

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A guest or guests; visitor or visitors.
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A habitual associate or associates.

People are judged by the company they keep.

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(mil.) A body of troops; specif., the lowest administrative unit, as of infantry, normally composed of two or more platoons and a headquarters.
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All of a ship's personnel, including the officers.
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(archaic) To accompany.
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(archaic) To associate (with)
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(law, business) An entity that manufactures or sells products (also known as goods), or provides services as a commercial venture. A corporation.
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keep company
  • to associate (with)
  • to go together; associate habitually
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keep (a person) company
  • to stay with (a person) so as to provide companionship
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part company
  • to stop associating (with)
  • to separate and go in different directions
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
company
Plural:
companies

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

keep (a person) company

Origin of company

  • Middle English compainie from Old French compaignie from Vulgar Latin compānia from compāniō companion companion1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary