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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
com•pa•ny /ˈkʌmpəni/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -nies. 
  1. [countable] a number of individuals associated together.
  2. [uncountable] a guest or guests: We're having company tonight.
  3. [uncountable] companionship;
    association: We always enjoy her company.
  4. a number of persons united for joint action, esp. for business:[countable]a publishing company; a dance company.
  5. Military[countable]
    • a unit of troops.
  1. 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.
  2. Idiomskeep someone company, [keep + object + ~] to be a companion to someone:Keep the kids company until I get back.
  3. 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
com•pa•ny  (kumpə nē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -nies, v.,  -nied, -ny•ing. 
  1. a number of individuals assembled or associated together;
    group of people.
  2. a guest or guests:We're having company for dinner.
  3. an assemblage of persons for social purposes.
  4. companionship;
    association:I always enjoy her company.
  5. one's usual companions:I don't like the company he keeps.
  6. society collectively.
  7. a number of persons united or incorporated for joint action, esp. for business:a publishing company; a dance company.
  8. Business(cap.) the members of a firm not specifically named in the firm's title:George Higgins and Company.
  9. Military
    • 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.
  10. a unit of firefighters, including their special apparatus:a hook-and-ladder company.
  11. Nautical, Naval TermsAlso called  ship's company. a ship's crew, including the officers.
  12. Business, Informal Termsa medieval trade guild.
  13. Governmentthe Company, [Informal.]a nation's major intelligence-gathering and espionage organization, as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

  1. [Archaic.]to associate.

  1. [Archaic.]to accompany.
compa•ny•less, adj. 
  • 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)
  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. a business enterprise
  5. the members of an enterprise not specifically mentioned in the enterprise's title
    Abbreviation: Co, co
  6. a group of actors, usually including business and technical personnel
  7. a unit of around 100 troops, usually comprising two or more platoons
  8. the officers and crew of a ship
  9. a unit of Girl Guides
  10. a medieval guild
  11. keep company, bear companyto accompany (someone)
  12. (esp of lovers) to associate with each other; spend time together
vb ( -nies, -nying, -nied)
  1. archaic to keep company or associate (with someone)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French compaignie, from compain companion, fellow, from Late Latin compāniō; see companion1


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