Meaning of COMPANY in English

COMPANY

I. ˈkəmp-nē, ˈkəm-pə- noun

( plural -nies )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English companie, from cumpaignie, from cumpaing companion — more at companion

Date: 13th century

1.

a. : association with another : fellowship

enjoy a person's company

b. : companions, associates

know a person by the company she keeps

c. : visitors, guests

having company for dinner

2.

a. : a group of persons or things

a company of horsemen

b. : a body of soldiers ; especially : a unit (as of infantry) consisting usually of a headquarters and two or more platoons

c. : an organization of performing artists

d. : the officers and crew of a ship

e. : a firefighting unit

3.

a. : a chartered commercial organization or medieval trade guild

b. : an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise

c. : those members of a partnership firm whose names do not appear in the firm name

John Doe and Company

II. verb

( -nied ; -ny·ing )

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

: accompany

may…fair winds company your safe return — John Masefield

intransitive verb

: associate

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