com·​pan·​ion·​ship | \ kəm-ˈpan-yən-ˌship \

Definition of companionship

: the fellowship existing among companions : company

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Examples of companionship in a Sentence

the widow's pet cats provided her with her only companionship

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Sign up as a running buddy with a local chapter and provide participants with weekly companionship, encouragement, and accountability. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018 Of course, the trick to robotic companionship isn't just axes of movement and OLED eyes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Sony's Adorable Robot Dog Is Back—And Expensive," 23 Aug. 2018 Emotional-support animals can be untrained and provide benefit simply from companionship. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "On U.S. Planes, the Dogs Are Winning," 8 Aug. 2018 Richard was lucky enough to have the love and companionship of two wonderful women in his life. Hartford Courant,, "Richard E. Bober," 6 July 2018 Before that, houses in towns, like those in the countryside, had been full of animals — pigs and poultry as well as dogs and cats — blurring the distinction between companionship and cohabitation. Longreads, "The Way We Treat Our Pets Is More Paleolithic Than Medieval," 22 Mar. 2018 Having a dozen or so — alongside cisgender gay men — means Pose’s first season explores a wider range of experiences, all grouped under the larger theme of finding companionship and a sense of self-worth in a sometimes unforgivingly cruel city. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 20 best TV series of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 But loneliness is also often the result of our environments, and of our cultural understandings of friendship and companionship. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 Toward the evening’s end, Bassichis interviewed Feinstein and Currin about the inner workings of their artistic companionship. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "At Last Night’s Gala, the Hirshhorn Museum Celebrated Things in Twos," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of companionship

1548, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of companionship

: the good feeling that comes from being with someone else


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