company

noun, often attributive
com·​pa·​ny | \ ˈkəmp-nē How to pronounce company (audio) , ˈkəm-pə- \
plural companies

Definition of company

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : association with another : fellowship enjoy a person's company
b : companions, associates know a person by the company she keeps
c : visitors, guests having company for dinner
2a : 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 a company of actors
d : the officers and crew of a ship The captain called a meeting of the ship's company.
e : a firefighting unit A hose company was first to arrive at the scene of the fire.
3a : a chartered commercial organization or medieval trade guild
b : an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise electric companies a publishing company
c : those members of a partnership firm whose names do not appear in the firm name John Doe and Company

company

verb
companied; companying

Definition of company (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: accompany … may … fair winds company your safe return.— John Masefield

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Examples of company in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Available at Tiffany's flagship New York store from this month, the range is named the Charles Tiffany Setting after the company's founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany. CNN, "Tiffany & Co launches engagement rings for men," 3 May 2021 SpaceX replied that the astronauts would have to check with the company's marketing department. Marcia Dunn, Chron, "SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth in rare night splashdown," 2 May 2021 The mission marked the first long-duration flight for SpaceX and the company's second with astronauts. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 2 May 2021 SpaceX replied that the astronauts would have to check with the company's marketing department. NBC News, "SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth with rare night splashdown," 2 May 2021 Flowers already had fans among the company's employees. Star Tribune, "A turnaround with help from cookie lovers, food innovator," 2 May 2021 Uplift's Barth said the company's travel financing plans are not designed to encourage impulse purchases. USA Today, "‘Book your dream trip now. Pay later’: Airlines, hotels and cruise lines are peddling monthly payment plans. Should you bite?," 2 May 2021 But the vast majority of corporate taxes are paid by a company's investors, experts say. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Here's what's in Biden's $3.5 trillion plan to tax the rich," 1 May 2021 For the full list of products (and photos of the products) that are included in the recall, check the company's press release here. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Spray Hand Sanitizer Recall: 11 Products Sold at Ulta, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx Recalled Nationwide," 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of company

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for company

Noun and Verb

Middle English companie, from cumpaignie, from cumpaing companion — more at companion

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The first known use of company was in the 13th century

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6 May 2021

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“Company.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/company. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for company

company

noun

English Language Learners 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

company

noun
com·​pa·​ny | \ ˈkəm-pə-nē How to pronounce company (audio) , ˈkəmp-nē \
plural companies

Kids Definition of company

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

company

noun
com·​pa·​ny
plural companies

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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