Meaning of COMPANY in English

■ noun ( plural companies )

1》 a commercial business.

2》 the fact or condition of being with another or others.

↘a person as a source of friendship and entertainment: she is excellent ~.

↘a visitor or visitors: I'm expecting ~.

3》 a group of people gathered together.

↘a body of soldiers, especially the smallest subdivision of an infantry battalion.

↘a group of actors, singers, or dancers who perform together.

↘ Brit. a group of Guides.

■ verb ( companies , ~ing , companied ) archaic associate with or ac~.


in ~ with together with.

keep (or archaic bear ) someone ~ spend time with someone to prevent them feeling lonely or bored.

keep ~ with associate with habitually.


ME: from OFr. compainie ; related to compaignon (see companion 1 ).

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