Meaning of COMPANY in English

COMPANY

/ ˈkʌmpəni; NAmE / noun

( pl. -ies )

BUSINESS

1.

[ C +sing./pl. v . ] ( abbr. Co. ) (often in names) a business organization that makes money by producing or selling goods or services :

the largest computer company in the world

the National Bus Company

She joined the company in 2002.

Mike gets a company car with his new job (= one that the company pays for) .

Company profits were 5% lower than last year.

THEATRE / DANCE

2.

(often in names) [ C +sing./pl. v . ] a group of people who work or perform together :

a theatre / dance, etc. company

the Royal Shakespeare Company

BEING WITH SB

3.

[ U ] the fact of being with sb else and not alone :

I enjoy Jo's company (= I enjoy being with her) .

She enjoys her own company (= being by herself) when she is travelling.

The children are very good company (= pleasant to be with) at this age.

a pleasant evening in the company of friends

He's coming with me for company .

GUESTS

4.

[ U ] ( formal ) guests in your house :

I didn't realize you had company .

GROUP OF PEOPLE

5.

[ U ] ( formal ) a group of people together :

She told the assembled company what had happened.

It is bad manners to whisper in company (= in a group of people) .

SOLDIERS

6.

[ C +sing./pl. v . ] a group of soldiers that is part of a battalion

IDIOMS

- the company sb keeps

- get into / keep bad company

- in company with sb/sth

- in good company

- keep sb company

- two's company (, three's a crowd)

—more at part verb , present adjective

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (in senses 2 to 6): from Old French compainie ; related to compaignon , literally one who breaks bread with another, based on Latin com- together with + panis bread.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.