company


company
company [kum′pə nē]
n.
pl. companies [ME & OFr compaignie < VL compania, lit., group sharing bread: see COMPANION1]
1. companionship; society [to enjoy another's company]
2. a group of people; specif.,
a) a group gathered for social purposes
b) a group associated for some purpose, as to form a commercial or industrial firm [a theatrical company, a manufacturing company]
3. a trade guild in the Middle Ages
4. the partners whose names are not given in the title of a firm [John Smith and Company]
5. a guest or guests; visitor or visitors
6. a habitual associate or associates [people are judged by the company they keep]
7. Mil. a body of troops; specif., the lowest administrative unit, as of infantry, normally composed of two or more platoons and a headquarters
8. all of a ship's personnel, including the officers: in full ship's company
vt.
companied, companying
Archaic to accompany
vi.
Archaic to associate ( with)
SYN.- TROOP
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keep company
1. to associate (with)
2. to go together; associate habitually: said esp. of a couple intending to marry
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keep a person company or keep company
to stay with (a person) so as to provide companionship
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part company
1. to stop associating (with)
2. to separate and go in different directions

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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