Hypertext Webster Gateway: "company"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Company \Com"pa*ny\, n.; pl. {Companies}. [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.

Evil company doth corrupt good manners. --1 Cor. xv.
33. (Rev.

Brethren, farewell: your company along I will not
wish. --Milton.

2. A companion or companions.

To thee and thy company I bid A hearty welcome.

3. An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent
or transient.

Thou shalt meet a company of prophets. --1 Sam. x.

4. Guests or visitors, in distinction from the members of a
family; as, to invite company to dine.

5. Society, in general; people assembled for social

Nature has left every man a capacity of being
agreeable, though not of shining in company.

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.

7. Partners in a firm whose names are not mentioned in its
style or title; -- often abbreviated in writing; as,
Hottinguer & Co.

8. (Mil.) A subdivision of a regiment of troops under the
command of a captain, numbering in the United States (full
strength) 100 men.

9. (Naut.) The crew of a ship, including the officers; as, a
whole ship's company.

10. The body of actors employed in a theater or in the
production of a play.

{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;

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Company \Com"pa*ny\, v. i.
1. To associate.

Men which have companied with us all the time.
--Acts i. 21.

2. To be a gay companion. [Obs.] --Spenser.

3. To have sexual commerce. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an institution created to conduct business; "he only invests
in large well-established companies"; "he started the
company in his garage"
2: organization of performers and associated personnel
(especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed
at the same hotel" [syn: {troupe}]
3: the state of being with someone; "he missed their company";
"he enjoyed the society of his friends" [syn: {companionship},
{fellowship}, {society}]
4: small military unit; usually two or three platoons
5: a band of people associated temporarily in some activity;
"they organized a party to search for food"; "the company
of cooks walked into the kitchen" [syn: {party}]
6: a social gathering of guests or companions; "the house was
filled with company when I arrived"
7: a social or business visitor; "the room was a mess because
he hadn't expected company" [syn: {caller}]
8: a unit of firefighters including their equipment: "a
hook-and-ladder company"
9: crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or
personnel of a ship [syn: {ship's company}]
v : be a companion to somebody [syn: {companion}, {accompany}, {keep

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