Meaning of COMPANY in English


1. a company

2. a very big company

3. when a company operates in many different parts of the world

4. relating to a company

5. abbreviation for different types of company


part of a company : ↑ PART (4)

when a company reduces its activities, costs etc : ↑ REDUCE (4)

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1. a company

▷ company /ˈkʌmp ə ni/ [countable noun]

an organization, that produces goods or provides services in order to make a profit :

▪ The company employs over 10,000 people worldwide.

oil/insurance/phone etc company

▪ It is the second largest insurance company in Germany.

work for a company

▪ My father used to work for one of the big oil companies.

join a company

start to work there

▪ Davis joined the company as vice-president of sales nine months ago.

set up/start a company

▪ The company was set up in 1975.

▷ firm /fɜːʳm/ [countable noun]

a company, especially one that provides services rather than producing goods, for example financial or legal services :

▪ Hanson decided to start his own management consulting firm.

law/electronics/building etc firm

▪ She works for a law firm in Amsterdam.

firm of lawyers/accountants etc

▪ Edward got a job with a firm of accountants in London.

join a firm

start working for a firm

▪ Harris joined the firm in 1992.

▷ business /ˈbɪznɪs, ˈbɪznəs/ [countable noun]

a company that sells or produces goods or provides services, especially one that employs only a small number of people or only one person :

▪ Jack’s thinking of starting his own business.

▪ Several small businesses have folded closed in recent months.

manage/run a business

▪ Don and his wife run their own business.

set up/start a business

▪ Profits have slowly increased since we started the business three years ago.

small business

one that employs only one person or very few people

▪ His oldest daughter, 31, owns a small printing business in Fresno.

family business

one that was started by and employs members of the same family

▪ His sons have worked in the family business for years.

▷ subsidiary /səbˈsɪdiəriǁ-dieri/ [countable noun]

a company that is owned and controlled by a larger company :

▪ Sharp Electronics is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation.

subsidiary company

▪ Relco plans to establish a subsidiary company in the UK with a capital of around $4m.

▷ dotcom /ˈdɒtkðmǁˈdɑːtkɑːm/ [countable noun]

a company that sells its goods and services on the Internet :

▪ Many dotcoms fail in their first year of trading.

dotcom [adjective]

▪ Investment analysts are predicing another dotcome boom.

▷ start-up /ˈstɑːʳtʌp/ [countable noun]

a small company that has just been started, often one concerned with computing or the Internet :

▪ She works for a small internet start-up.

start-up [adjective]

▪ start-up companies

2. a very big company

▷ multinational /ˌmʌltɪˈnæʃ ə nəl◂/ [adjective only before noun]

multinational company/corporation/business

a very large company that has offices or factories in many different countries :

▪ The recording business is now controlled by multinational corporations.

multinational [countable noun]

▪ the power of the big multinationals

▷ corporation /ˌkɔːʳpəˈreɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

a large company that employs a lot of people, especially one that includes several smaller companies :

▪ IBM is one of the biggest corporations in the world.

▪ U.S. corporations sold nearly $6.2 billion in new stock in May -- the highest monthly volume in history.

▷ conglomerate /kənˈglɒmərɪt, kənˈglɒmərətǁ-ˈglɑː-/ [countable noun]

a very large business organization that consists of several different companies which have joined together :

▪ A vast American conglomerate has announced plans to buy the site at a cost of well over a billion dollars.

▪ In the mid-1980s the big financial conglomerates muscled into the market.

▪ The German media conglomerate Kronstadt AG reported record earnings last year.

3. when a company operates in many different parts of the world

▷ globalization /ˌgləʊbəlaɪˈzeɪʃ ə nǁ-bələ-/ [uncountable noun]

when companies, especially from rich countries, employ people and trade in many different parts of the world :

▪ Globalization has brought very little real benefit to developing countries.

▪ The history of capitalism has been a history of the globalization of production.

▪ a demonstration against globalization

4. relating to a company

▷ company /ˈkʌmp ə ni/ [adjective only before noun]

▪ Company profits have more than doubled in the last four years.

▪ One of the benefits of the job is the use of a company car.

▪ A spokesman said company policy doesn’t allow comment on mergers and acquisitions.

▷ corporate /ˈkɔːʳp ə rɪt, ˈkɔːʳp ə rət/ [adjective only before noun]

relating to a large company :

▪ Ad campaigns are used to both bolster sales and improve corporate image.

▪ Fisher, 37, will be responsible for corporate planning.

▪ The company is moving its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to New York.

5. abbreviation for different types of company

▷ Ltd British /Inc. American

the written abbreviations of ‘Limited’ and ‘Incorporated’ - used after the name of a company to show that it is legally established and that its owners are legally responsible for only a limited amount of money if the company gets into debt :

▪ Stevenson Securities Ltd

▪ Syquest Technology Inc.

▷ Corp.

the written abbreviation of ‘Corporation’ - used after the name of a large company, especially in the US :

▪ Federal Express Corp.

▷ Co. /kəʊ/

the abbreviation of ‘Company’ :

▪ Henry Butt and Co. Ltd

▪ Imperial Life Assurance Co. of Canada

▷ plc /ˌpiː el ˈsiː/

the abbreviation of ‘Public Limited Company’ - used in Britain after the name of a large company that ordinary people can buy shares in :

▪ Marks & Spencer plc

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