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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
com•pa•ny /ˈkʌmpəni/USA pronunciation
n., pl. -nies. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- [countable] a number of individuals associated together.
- [uncountable] a guest or guests: We're having company tonight.
- [uncountable] companionship;
association: We always enjoy her company.
- a number of persons united for joint action, esp. for business:[countable]a publishing company; a dance company.
- Idiomskeep company:
- [keep + ~ + with + object] to associate in courtship:She keeps company with a teacher.
- [no object] (of a couple) to spend time together regularly;
go out on dates.
- Idiomskeep someone company, [keep + object + ~] to be a companion to someone:Keep the kids company until I get back.
- Idiomspart company, [no object]
- to separate: We parted company at the airport.
- to cease association or friendship:We parted company after many years.
- to take an opposite view;
differ:That's where he and I part company: he wants to tax the poor, and I want to tax the rich.
(kum′pə nē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -nies, v., -nied, -ny•ing. n.
- a number of individuals assembled or associated together;
group of people.
- a guest or guests:We're having company for dinner.
- an assemblage of persons for social purposes.
association:I always enjoy her company.
- one's usual companions:I don't like the company he keeps.
- society collectively.
- a number of persons united or incorporated for joint action, esp. for business:a publishing company; a dance company.
- Business(cap.) the members of a firm not specifically named in the firm's title:George Higgins and Company.
- the smallest body of troops, consisting of a headquarters and two or three platoons.
- any relatively small group of soldiers.
- [Army.]a basic unit with both tactical and administrative functions.
- a unit of firefighters, including their special apparatus:a hook-and-ladder company.
- Nautical, Naval TermsAlso called ship's company. a ship's crew, including the officers.
- Business, Informal Termsa medieval trade guild.
- Governmentthe Company, [Informal.]a nation's major intelligence-gathering and espionage organization, as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
- Idiomskeep company:
- to associate with;
be a friend of.
- [Informal.]to go together, as in courtship:My sister has been keeping company with a young lawyer.
- Idiomspart company:
- to cease association or friendship with:We parted company 20 years ago after the argument.
- to take a different or opposite view;
differ:He parted company with his father on politics.
- to separate:We parted company at the airport.
- [Archaic.]to associate.
- [Archaic.]to accompany.
- Late Latin compāniō; see companion1) + -ie -y3
- Anglo-French; Old French compaignie companionship, equivalent. to compain (
- Middle English 1200–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged group, assemblage, body. Company, band, party, troop refer to a group of people formally or informally associated. Company is the general word and means any group of people:a company of motorists.Band, used esp. of a band of musicians, suggests a relatively small group pursuing the same purpose or sharing a common fate:a concert by a band; a band of survivors.Party, except when used of a political group, usually implies an indefinite and temporary assemblage, as for some common pursuit:a spelunking party.Troop, used specifically of a body of cavalry, usually implies a number of individuals organized as a unit:a troop of cavalry.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gathering, crowd.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged firm, house, corporation.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
company /ˈkʌmpənɪ/ n ( pl -nies)
vb ( -nies, -nying, -nied)
- a number of people gathered together; assembly
- the fact of being with someone; companionship: I enjoy her company
- a social visitor or visitors; guest or guests
- a business enterprise
- the members of an enterprise not specifically mentioned in the enterprise's title
Abbreviation: Co, co
- a group of actors, usually including business and technical personnel
- a unit of around 100 troops, usually comprising two or more platoons
- the officers and crew of a ship
- a unit of Girl Guides
- a medieval guild
- keep company, bear company ⇒ to accompany (someone)
- (esp of lovers) to associate with each other; spend time together
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French compaignie, from compain companion, fellow, from Late Latin compāniō; see companion1
- archaic to keep company or associate (with someone)
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