1. an institution created to conduct business;
- Example: "he only invests in large well-established companies"
- Example: "he started the company in his garage"
2. small military unit; usually two or three platoons;
3. the state of being with someone;
- Example: "he missed their company"
- Example: "he enjoyed the society of his friends"
[syn: company, companionship, fellowship, society]
4. organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical);
- Example: "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"
[syn: company, troupe]
5. a social or business visitor;
- Example: "the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company"
[syn: caller, company]
6. a social gathering of guests or companions;
- Example: "the house was filled with company when I arrived"
7. a band of people associated temporarily in some activity;
- Example: "they organized a party to search for food"
- Example: "the company of cooks walked into the kitchen"
[syn: party, company]
8. crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship;
[syn: ship's company, company]
9. a unit of firefighters including their equipment;
- Example: "a hook-and-ladder company"
1. be a companion to somebody;
[syn: company, companion, accompany, keep company]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Company \Com"pa*ny\ (k[u^]m"p[.a]*n[y^]), n.; pl. Companies (k[u^]m"p[.a]*n[i^]z). [F. compagnie, fr. OF. compaing. See Companion.] 1. The state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Evil company doth corrupt good manners. --1 Cor. xv. 33. (Rev. Ver.). [1913 Webster] Brethren, farewell: your company along I will not wish. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. A companion or companions. [1913 Webster] To thee and thy company I bid A hearty welcome. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt meet a company of prophets. --1 Sam. x. 5. [1913 Webster] 4. Guests or visitors, in distinction from the members of a family; as, to invite company to dine. [1913 Webster] 5. Society, in general; people assembled for social intercourse. [1913 Webster] Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 6. An association of persons for the purpose of carrying on some enterprise or business; a corporation; a firm; as, the East India Company; an insurance company; a joint-stock company. [1913 Webster] 7. Partners in a firm whose names are not mentioned in its style or title; -- often abbreviated in writing; as, Hottinguer & Co. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mil.) A subdivision of a regiment of troops under the command of a captain, numbering in the United States (full strength) 100 men. [1913 Webster] 9. (Naut.) The crew of a ship, including the officers; as, a whole ship's company. [1913 Webster] 10. The body of actors employed in a theater or in the production of a play. [1913 Webster] To keep company with. See under Keep, v. t. Syn: Assemblage; assembly; society; group; circle; crowd; troop; crew; gang; corporation; association; fraternity; guild; partnership; copartnery; union; club; party; gathering. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Company \Com"pa*ny\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Companied; p. pr. & vb. n. Companying.] To accompany or go with; to be companion to. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Company \Com"pa*ny\, v. i. 1. To associate. [1913 Webster] Men which have companied with us all the time. --Acts i. 21. [1913 Webster] 2. To be a gay companion. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. To have sexual commerce. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
271 Moby Thesaurus words for "company": Aktiengesellschaft, KP, ace, acting company, actors, affiliation, age group, agency, aggregation, aktiebolag, amigo, army, army group, assemblage, assembly, associate, associates, association, atelier, attend, attendance, band, barbershop, battalion, battery, battle group, bear, beauty parlor, beauty shop, bedfellow, bedmate, bench, bevy, body, body corporate, bosom buddy, brigade, bring, buddy, bunch, bunkie, bunkmate, business, business establishment, butcher shop, butty, cabal, cadre, caller, camarade, camaraderie, carry, cartel, cast, cast of characters, chamber of commerce, chamberfellow, chaperon, characters, chorus, chum, circle, circus troupe, classmate, clique, club, cohort, colleague, collection, column, comate, combat command, combat team, combine, commercial enterprise, community, compagnie, companion, companions, companionship, compeer, complement, comrade, comrades, comradeship, concern, conduct, confrere, conglomerate, conglomerate corporation, congregation, consociate, consociation, consolidating company, consort, consort with, consortium, consortship, contingent, convention, convoy, cooperation, copartner, copartnership, corporate body, corporation, corps, corps de ballet, coterie, covey, crew, crony, crowd, desk, detachment, detail, diversified corporation, division, dramatis personae, eight, eleven, ensemble, enterprise, entourage, establishment, facility, faction, fellow, fellow student, fellowship, field army, field train, file, firm, first string, first team, five, fleet, flock, flying column, followers, following, fraternity, fraternization, freeloader, frequenter, friends, gang, garrison, gate-crasher, gathering, girl friend, gossip, group, grouping, groupment, guest, guests, habitue, holding company, horde, house, in-group, industry, installation, institution, joint-stock association, joint-stock company, junta, kitchen police, legion, loft, maniple, mate, membership, messmate, mob, moocher, movement, muster, nine, old crony, operating company, order, organization, out-group, outfit, pack, pal, pard, pardner, parlor, partaking, participation, partner, partnership, party, peer group, phalanx, platoon, playfellow, playmate, plunderbund, pool, posse, presence, proprietorship, public utility, rank, regiment, repertory company, reserves, retinue, roommate, rowing crew, ruck, salon, schoolfellow, schoolmate, second string, second team, section, set, sharing, shipmate, shop, side partner, sidekick, society, squad, squadron, stable, stock company, string, studio, suite, supporting cast, sweatshop, syndicate, tactical unit, task force, team, teammate, third string, throng, trade association, train, tribe, troop, troupe, trust, uninvited guest, unit, utility, varsity, visitant, visitor, visitors, wing, work site, work space, workbench, workfellow, workhouse, working space, workplace, workroom, workshop, worktable, yokefellow, yokemate