Definitions for: Company


[n] small military unit; usually two or three platoons
[n] an institution created to conduct business; "he only invests in large well-established companies"; "he started the company in his garage"
[n] a unit of firefighters including their equipment; "a hook-and-ladder company"
[n] a social gathering of guests or companions; "the house was filled with company when I arrived"
[n] organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"
[n] crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship
[n] a band of people associated temporarily in some activity; "they organized a party to search for food"; "the company of cooks walked into the kitchen"
[n] a social or business visitor; "the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company"
[n] the state of being with someone; "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends"
[v] be a companion to somebody



Webster (1913) Definition: Com"pa*ny, n.; pl. Companies. [F. compagnie, fr. OF.
compaing. See Companion.]
1. The state of being a companion or companions; the act of
accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly
intercourse. --Shak.

Evil company doth corrupt good manners. --1 Cor. xv.
33. (Rev.
Ver.).

Brethren, farewell: your company along I will not
wish. --Milton.

2. A companion or companions.

To thee and thy company I bid A hearty welcome.
--Shak.

3. An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent
or transient.

Thou shalt meet a company of prophets. --1 Sam. x.
5.

4. Guests or visitors, in distinction from the members of a
family; as, to invite company to dine.

5. Society, in general; people assembled for social
intercourse.

Nature has left every man a capacity of being
agreeable, though not of shining in company.
--Swift.

6. An association of persons for the purpose of carrying on
some enterprise or business; a corporation; a firm; as,
the East India Company; an insurance company; a
joint-stock company.

7. Partners in a firm whose names are not mentioned in its
style or title; -- often abbreviated in writing; as,
Hottinguer & Co.

8. (Mil.) A subdivision of a regiment of troops under the
command of a captain, numbering in the United States (full
strength) 100 men.

9. (Naut.) The crew of a ship, including the officers; as, a
whole ship's company.

10. The body of actors employed in a theater or in the
production of a play.

To keep company with. See under Keep, v. t.

Syn: Assemblage; assembly; society; group; circle; crowd;
troop; crew; gang; corporation; association; fraternity;
guild; partnership; copartnery; union; club; party;
gathering.


Com"pa*ny, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Companied; p. pr. &
vb. n. Companying.]
To accompany or go with; to be companion to. [Obs.]


Com"pa*ny, v. i.
1. To associate.

Men which have companied with us all the time.
--Acts i. 21.

2. To be a gay companion. [Obs.] --Spenser.

3. To have sexual commerce. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall.

Synonyms: accompany, caller, companion, companionship, fellowship, keep company, party, ship's company, society, troupe

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