Other forms: companies; companied; companying

Company most often implies a group, whether it be a group of people, a unit of firefighters, a small group of soldiers, or a group working for the same business.

Company can also refer to a visitor, often for dinner. This usage is both singular and plural, so if your mom says "there's company coming for dinner," you will need to know how many places to set at the table. There are more than a few idioms using the word company. When you are with someone, you “keep company” with them. For the more dour, there is “misery loves company."

Definitions of company
  1. noun
    an institution created to conduct business
    “he only invests in large well-established companies
    “he started the company in his garage”
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    broadcasting company
    a company that manages tv or radio stations
    bureau de change
    (French) an establishment where you can exchange foreign money
    auto company, car company
    a company that makes and sells automobiles
    dot com, dot com company, dot-com
    a company that operates its business primarily on the internet using a URL that ends in `.com'
    drug company, pharma, pharmaceutical company
    a company that makes and sells pharmaceuticals
    East India Company
    an English company formed in 1600 to develop trade with the new British colonies in India and southeastern Asia; in the 18th century it assumed administrative control of Bengal and held it until the British army took over in 1858 after the Indian Mutiny
    electronics company
    a company that makes and sells electronic instruments
    film company
    a company that makes, advertises, and distributes movies
    food company
    a company that processes and sells food
    furniture company
    a company that sells furniture
    mining company
    a company that owns and manages mines
    shipping company
    a company that provides shipping services
    steel company
    a company that makes and sells steel
    subsidiary, subsidiary company
    a company that is completely controlled by another company
    transportation company
    a company providing transportation
    a company that markets merchandise
    oil company
    a company that sells oil
    packaging company, packaging concern
    a company that packages goods for sale or shipment or storage
    pipeline company
    a company that operates oil pipelines for the oil industry
    printing business, printing company, printing concern
    a company that does commercial printing
    corporate investor
    a company that invests in (acquires control of) other companies
    takeover target, target company
    a company that has been chosen as attractive for takeover by a potential acquirer
    white knight
    a company that is a friendly acquirer in a takeover
    Ld., Ltd., limited company
    a company that is organized to give its owners limited liability
    holding company
    a company with controlling shares in other companies
    a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
    livery company
    one of the chartered companies of London originating with the craft guilds
    open shop
    a company whose workers are hired without regard to their membership in a labor union
    closed shop
    a company that hires only union members
    union shop
    a company allowed to hire nonunion workers on the condition that they will join the union within a specified time
    stock company
    a company whose capital is represented by stock
    joint-stock company
    a company (usually unincorporated) which has the capital of its members pooled in a common fund; transferable shares represent ownership interest; shareholders are legally liable for all debts of the company
    record company
    a company that makes and sells musical recordings
    mover, moving company, public mover, removal company, removal firm
    a company that moves the possessions of a family or business from one site to another
    think factory, think tank
    a company that does research for hire and issues reports on the implications
    a company in the business of shipping freight
    a newly established company or business venture
    a newly established company or business venture
    an independent film company not associated with an established studio
    trucking company
    a company that ships goods or possessions by truck
    direct mailer
    a distributor who uses direct mail to sell merchandise
    retail chain
    a chain of retail stores
    a corporate investor who intends to take over a company by buying a controlling interest in its stock and installing new management
    sleeping beauty
    a potential takeover target that has not yet been put in play
    white squire
    a white knight that buys less than a majority interest
    bank holding company
    a holding company owning or controlling one or more banks
    public utility, public utility company, public-service corporation, utility
    a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
    bus company, bus service
    a public utility providing local transportation
    type of:
    establishment, institution
    an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
  2. noun
    a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
    “the company of cooks walked into the kitchen”
    synonyms: party
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    fatigue party
    a group of soldiers on fatigue duty
    landing party
    a part of a ship's company organized for special duties ashore
    party to the action, party to the transaction
    a party of people taking a role in legal proceedings
    rescue party
    a party of rescuers
    search party
    a party of people to search for someone
    stretcher party
    a party of people with stretchers to carry an injured person
    war party
    a band of warriors who raid or fight an enemy (used especially of Native Americans)
    type of:
    band, circle, lot, set
    an unofficial association of people or groups
  3. noun
    an organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)
    “the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel”
    synonyms: troupe
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    opera company
    a company that produces operas
    theater company
    a company that produces plays
    ballet company
    a company that produces ballets
    Greek chorus, chorus
    a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play
    a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals
    minstrel show
    a troupe of performers in blackface
    a troupe of minstrels
    repertory company, stock company
    a theatrical company that performs plays from a repertoire
    type of:
    organisation, organization
    a group of people who work together
  4. noun
    a unit of firefighters including their equipment
    “a hook-and-ladder company
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    social unit, unit
    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
  5. noun
    small military unit; usually two or three platoons
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    a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th century
    type of:
    army unit
    a military unit that is part of an army
  6. noun
    crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship
    synonyms: ship's company
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    complement, full complement
    number needed to make up a whole force
  7. noun
    the state of being with someone
    “he missed their company
    synonyms: companionship, fellowship, society
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    a natural or instinctive fellowship between people of similar interests
    type of:
    friendly relationship, friendship
    the state of being friends (or friendly)
  8. noun
    a social gathering of guests or companions
    “the house was filled with company when I arrived”
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    the number of people that are present
    a company of companions or supporters
    a select company of people
    type of:
    social affair, social gathering
    a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship
  9. noun
    a social or business visitor
    “the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company
    synonyms: caller
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    type of:
    visitant, visitor
    someone who visits
  10. verb
    be a companion to somebody
    synonyms: accompany, companion, keep company
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    affiliate, associate, assort, consort
    keep company with; hang out with




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