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

Recent Examples on the Web According to its website, Meals on Wheels Atlanta served 519,000 meals in 2019, providing not only nutrition and sustenance but also human interaction and companionship. Washington Post, "Outkast’s André 3000 shines a light on food insecurity for the elderly with a quick lil’ apple pie," 18 Dec. 2020 The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Boone County Circuit Court, is seeking damages on claims including wrongful death, negligence, and the loss of Matt’s affection and companionship. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Lawsuit: Defibrillator would have saved high school soccer player's life," 20 Nov. 2020 CNAs like Jackson provide general care (making sure patients eat and shower) and are often the only people that offer support and companionship when residents need someone to talk to. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "‘You Just Have to Have a Strong Mind’: Shantonia Jackson on Working in a Nursing Home During the Pandemic," 10 Nov. 2020 Goats are herd animals and are miserable if made to live alone without caprine companionship. Joan Donaldson, The Christian Science Monitor, "A feathered member of the herd," 4 Nov. 2020 Officials said people working from home had more time to look after pets or simply welcomed the companionship. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "COVID-19 impacts budgets of animal shelters across the state as contributions plummet," 27 Aug. 2020 The companionship of a snoring fur ball at their feet. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Dogs, too, can find the pandemic disorienting," 24 Aug. 2020 Instead, the differences illuminate the path that dogs and cats may have taken early in their paths toward human companionship. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "London Foxes Show Early Signs of Self-Domestication," 8 June 2020 Workplaces can also provide this sense of companionship, by organizing virtual social events through the holiday season. George Kohlrieser, Quartz at Work, "How to keep up employee morale during a difficult holiday season," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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25 Dec 2020

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“Companionship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of companionship

: the good feeling that comes from being with someone else


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