■ 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 ).