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

Shares in the largest U.S. supermarket chain fell 10% Thursday after the company reported lower revenue and profit for its latest quarter. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Kroger Shares Fall as Online Investments Dent Profit," 7 Mar. 2019 To avoid disappointment, call ahead or check the company’s website before heading to your usual spot. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "McDonald's Easter Hours Will Vary, But the Fast Food Chain Will Definitely Be Open," 1 Mar. 2019 The company then works with major brands—ranging from Maybelline New York to Yves Saint Laurent—to better service its shoppers. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Female-Founded Tech Brand Is Changing the Way We Shop," 28 Feb. 2019 The following companies all offer incentives for shoppers to help reduce clothing waste. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "9 New Ways to Donate Your Clothes," 27 Feb. 2019 In the game, Sulley is the SEO of Monsters Inc. while Mike is the company's top laugh maker. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "11 Disney Movie Plot Holes That Will Forever Be Annoying," 30 Jan. 2019 Toys and treats subscription company BarkBox instead took to Instagram to take Ariana to TASK for a hilarious reason. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande Got Hilariously Trolled by Pet Subscription Company BarkBox," 15 Feb. 2019 These cordless models come from the same companies as many of the corded models in our previous tests. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Cordless Irons to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts," 15 Feb. 2019 Guests were instantly transported deeper into their imaginations, enjoying the celestial backdrop and each other's company. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "The Fashion Week Weary Found Refuge at DVF's Botanical Oasis," 11 Feb. 2019

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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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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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