Simple Definition of company
: a business organization that makes, buys, or sells goods or provides services in exchange for money
: the state or condition of being with another person
: someone or something you spend time with or enjoy being with
Full Definition of company
2 a : a group of persons or things <a company of horsemen> b : a body of soldiers; especially : a unit (as of infantry) consisting usually of a headquarters and two or more platoons c : an organization of performing artists d : the officers and crew of a ship e : a firefighting unit
3 a : a chartered commercial organization or medieval trade guild b : an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise c : those members of a partnership firm whose names do not appear in the firm name <John Doe and Company>
Examples of company in a sentence
He runs his own trucking company.
She joined the company last year.
The company is based in Paris.
Her dogs are her only company these days.
You can tell a lot about people by the company they keep.
Origin of company
Middle English companie, from cumpaignie, from cumpaing companion — more at companion
First Known Use: 13th century
Examples of company in a sentence
<in her sermon the minister noted that Jesus had companied with the least privileged and most disadvantaged members of society>
<may the Good Lord company you on your journey home>
First Known Use of company
COMPANY Defined for Kids
Definition of company for Students
1 : an association of persons operating a business
2 : the presence of someone who brings comfort <I enjoy your company.>
3 : a person or thing someone enjoys being with <She's good company.>
4 : a person's companions or associates <You are known by the company you keep.>
5 : guests or visitors especially at a person's home <We have company.>
6 : a group of persons or things <Then the hurrying water … swept all the company of casks and tubs away … — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit>
7 : a body of soldiers
8 : a band of musical or dramatic performers <an opera company>
Legal Definition of company
: an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise — compare corporation, partnership finance company : a company that makes usually small short-term loans to individuals growth company : a company that grows at a greater rate than the economy as a whole and that usually directs a relatively high proportion of income back into the business holding company : a company whose sole function is to own and control other companies investment company : a company that earns income solely or primarily by holding and investing in securities issued by other companies or by government agencies joint–stock company : a business organization whose capital is represented by shares owned by stockholders each of whom is personally liable for the company's debts limited liability company : an unincorporated company formed under applicable state statute whose members cannot be held liable for the acts, debts, or obligations of the company and that may elect to be taxed as a partnership mutual company : an insurance company whose capital is owned by its policyholders surety company : a company that provides surety bonds for a fee trust company : a company and often a commercial bank acting as trustee for individuals and businesses and providing related financial or estate planning services
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