Company

Definition of Company

Com´pa`ny   Pronunciation: kŭm´på`nŷ
n.1.The state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse.
Evil company doth corrupt good manners.
- 1 Cor. xv. 33. (Rev. Ver.).
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.
- Shak.
3.An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient.
Thou shalt meet a company of prophets.
- 1 Sam. x. 5.
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 intercourse.
Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company.
- Swift.
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.
v. t.1.To accompany or go with; to be companion to.
[imp. & p. p. Companied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Companying.]
v. i.1.To associate.
Men which have companied with us all the time.
- Acts i. 21.
2.To be a gay companion.
3.To have sexual commerce.

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