companionship

noun
com·​pan·​ion·​ship | \ kəm-ˈpan-yən-ˌship How to pronounce companionship (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Try to seek the safest subject you can (weather, movies, sports) or excuse yourself and seek less contentious companionship elsewhere. Author: Donna Cameron, Anchorage Daily News, "How to survive Thanksgiving when your family is divided over politics," 27 Nov. 2019 Try to seek the safest subject you can (weather, movies, sports) or excuse yourself and seek less contentious companionship elsewhere. Author: Donna Cameron, Anchorage Daily News, "How to survive Thanksgiving when your family is divided over politics," 27 Nov. 2019 Try to seek the safest subject you can (weather, movies, sports) or excuse yourself and seek less contentious companionship elsewhere. Author: Donna Cameron, Anchorage Daily News, "How to survive Thanksgiving when your family is divided over politics," 27 Nov. 2019 Try to seek the safest subject you can (weather, movies, sports) or excuse yourself and seek less contentious companionship elsewhere. Donna Cameron, Washington Post, "Have different politics than your family? Here’s how to survive Thanksgiving.," 25 Nov. 2019 Both have survived their spouses and are looking for companionship. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Good Liar': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Those who have already found their mate should be thankful for the companionship. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 1, 2019: Leo, being single has its perks; Sagittarius, shed expectations," 1 Nov. 2019 For real-life affinity, Ulysses seeks companionship on the pier by Manhattan’s Christopher Street, where he is enlisted into Saturday Church, a program for at-risk L.G.B.T.Q. youth. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Saturday Church,’ Coming of Age, and Coming Out," 11 Jan. 2018 If Cacioppo’s theory is correct, then there must be an intrinsic biological mechanism that compels isolated animals to seek out companionship. Quanta Magazine, "New Evidence for the Necessity of Loneliness," 10 May 2016

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First Known Use of companionship

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of companionship was in 1548

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10 Dec 2019

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“Companionship.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/companionship. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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companionship

noun
How to pronounce companionship (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of companionship

: the good feeling that comes from being with someone else

companionship

noun
com·​pan·​ion·​ship | \ kəm-ˈpan-yən-ˌship How to pronounce companionship (audio) \

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