com·pa·ny /ˈkʌmpni, ˈkʌmpə-/
Com·pa·ny n.; pl. Companies
1. The state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse.
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.]
3. To have sexual commerce. [Obs.]
n 1: an institution created to conduct business; "he only invests
in large well-established companies"; "he started the
company in his garage"
2: organization of performers and associated personnel
(especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed
at the same hotel" [syn: troupe]
3: the state of being with someone; "he missed their company";
"he enjoyed the society of his friends" [syn: companionship,
4: small military unit; usually two or three platoons
5: 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" [syn: party]
6: a social gathering of guests or companions; "the house was
filled with company when I arrived"
7: a social or business visitor; "the room was a mess because
he hadn't expected company" [syn: caller]
8: a unit of firefighters including their equipment; "a
9: crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or
personnel of a ship [syn: ship's company]
v : be a companion to somebody [syn: companion, accompany, keep