What does company mean?

Definitions for company
ˈkʌm pə nicom·pa·ny

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word company.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. companynoun

    an institution created to conduct business

    "he only invests in large well-established companies"; "he started the company in his garage"

  2. companynoun

    small military unit; usually two or three platoons

  3. company, companionship, fellowship, societynoun

    the state of being with someone

    "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends"

  4. company, troupenoun

    organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)

    "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"

  5. caller, companynoun

    a social or business visitor

    "the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company"

  6. companynoun

    a social gathering of guests or companions

    "the house was filled with company when I arrived"

  7. party, companynoun

    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"

  8. ship's company, companynoun

    crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship

  9. companyverb

    a unit of firefighters including their equipment

    "a hook-and-ladder company"

  10. company, companion, accompany, keep companyverb

    be a companion to somebody


  1. companynoun

    A group of individuals with a common purpose

    a company of actors.

  2. companynoun

    An entity that manufactures or sells products (also known as goods), or provides services as a commercial venture. A corporation.

  3. companynoun

    Any business, without respect to incorporation.

  4. companynoun

    Social visitors.

  5. companynoun


  6. companynoun

    A unit of approximately sixty to one hundred and twenty soldiers, typically consisting of two or three platoons and forming part of a battalion.

  7. companynoun

    A unit of firefighters and their equipment.

  8. companynoun

    The entire crew of a ship.

  9. companynoun

    Nickname for an intelligence service.

  10. companyverb

    To accompany, keep company with.

  11. Etymology: From compaignie (Modern French: compagnie), possibly from *compania, but this word is not attested. compaignie is equivalent to compaignon (Modern French: compagnon) + -ie. More at companion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COMPANYnoun

    Etymology: compagnie, French; either from con and pagus, one of the same town; or con and panis, one that eats of the same mess.

    Go, carry sir John Falstaff to the Fleet;
    Take all his company along with him. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Honest company, I thank you all,
    That have beheld me give away myself
    To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife. William Shakespeare.

    A crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, where there is no love. Francis Bacon, Essay 28.

    Monsieur Zulichem came to me among the rest of the good company of the town. William Temple.

    Knowledge of men and manners, the freedom of habitudes, and conversation with the best company of both sexes, is necessary. Dryden.

    It is more pleasant to enjoy the company of him that can speak such words, than by such words to be persuaded to follow solitariness. Philip Sidney.

    Nor will I wretched thee
    In death forsake, but keep thee company. John Dryden, Fables.

    Abdallah grew by degrees so enamoured of her conversation, that he did not think he lived when he was not in company with his beloved Balsora. Guardian, №. 167.

    William Shakespeare was an actor, when there were seven companies of players in the town together. John Dennis.

    This emperor seems to have been the first who incorporated the several trades of Rome into companies, with their particular privileges. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Every captain brought with him thrice so many in his company as was expected. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    I do desire thee
    To bear me company, and go with me. William Shakespeare.

    Those Indian wives are loving fools, and may do well to keep company with the Arrias and Portias of old Rome. Dryd.

    Admitted to that equal sky,
    His faithful dog shall bear him company. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

    Why should he call her whore? Who keeps her company? William Shakespeare, Othello.

  2. To Companyverb

    To accompany; to attend; to be companion to; to be associated with.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I am
    The soldier that did company these three. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Thus, through what path soe’er of life we rove,
    Rage companies our hate, and grief our love. Matthew Prior.

  3. To Companyverb

    To associate one’s self with.

    I wrote to you not to company with fornicators. 1 Cor. v. 9.


  1. Company

    Company is a song by Canadian singer Justin Bieber from his fourth studio album Purpose (2015). Written by Bieber, Poo Bear, James Abrahart, Andreas Schuller, Thomas Troelsen, James Wong and Leroy Clampitt, the song was produced by Axident, Gladius, Big Taste and co-produced by Boyd. It was released to American rhythmic contemporary and contemporary hit radio stations on March 8, 2016 as the album's fourth and final single. It is an electropop and R&B song, with bass guitar, guitar and percussion in its instrumentation. Lyrically, "Company" talks about looking forward to getting to know someone attractive, but also sets some healthy boundaries for doing so. As an album track, it reached the top-forty in the majority of the countries it charted. When it was released as a single, the song managed to reach the top-forty in Australia and peaked at number 53 in the United States. Bieber performed the track on the 3rd iHeartRadio Music Awards and 2016 Billboard Music Awards, as well as on his Purpose World Tour. Two music videos were made for the song: the video which is part of the "Purpose: The Movement" narrative, released on November 14, 2015, and the official music video released on June 8, 2016.


  1. company

    A company is a legal entity formed by a group of individuals, known as shareholders, to engage in a specific business activity. It is typically established to generate profit by producing and selling goods or services. A company may have its own distinct identity, assets, liabilities, and legal status, separate from its shareholders. It operates under a set of rules and regulations defined by the jurisdiction in which it is registered.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Companynoun

    the state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse

  2. Companynoun

    a companion or companions

  3. Companynoun

    an assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient

  4. Companynoun

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

  5. Companynoun

    society, in general; people assembled for social intercourse

  6. Companynoun

    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. Companynoun

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

  8. Companynoun

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

  9. Companynoun

    the crew of a ship, including the officers; as, a whole ship's company

  10. Companynoun

    the body of actors employed in a theater or in the production of a play

  11. Companyverb

    to accompany or go with; to be companion to

  12. Companyverb

    to associate

  13. Companyverb

    to be a gay companion

  14. Companyverb

    to have sexual commerce


  1. Company

    A company is an association or collection of individuals people or "warm-bodies" or else contrived "legal persons". Company members share a common purpose and unite in order to focus their various talents and organize their collectively available skills or resources to achieve specific, declared goals. Companies take various forms such as: ⁕Voluntary associations which may be registered as a Nonprofit organization ⁕A group of soldiers ⁕Business entity with an aim of gaining a profit ⁕Financial entities and Banks A company or association of persons can be created at law as legal person so that the company is itself can accept Limited liability for civil responsibility and taxation incurred as members perform to discharge their duty within the publicly declared "birth certificate" or published policy. Because companies are legal persons, they also may associate and register themselves as companies - often known as a Corporate group. When the company closes it may need a "death certificate" to avoid further legal obligations.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Company

    kum′pa-ni, n. any assembly of persons: a number of persons associated together for trade, &c.: a society: a subdivision of a regiment: the crew of a ship: state of being a companion: fellowship: associates: society: a gathering of people for social intercourse.—v.t. to accompany.—v.i. to associate.—Be good, or bad, company, to have, or to lack, companionable qualities; Keep company, to associate with: to court; Know a man by his company, to determine his character by the quality of his friends. [Fr. compagnie. See Companion.]


  1. Company

    COMPANY (www.welcometocompany.com ) is an online and offline social network connecting collectors of contemporary art while providing compelling content, an on-line art exchange and original art works from emerging artists for sale commissioned by COMPANY. With the debut of its off-line networking salon - The Collector Series - and its cable TV show - CollectorNYC - COMPANY offers advertisers a multi-platform advertising opportunity to a highly sought-after targeted demographic.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. company

    The whole crew of any ship, including her officers, men, and boys. In the army, a small body of foot, or subdivision of a regiment, commanded by a captain.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. company

    (Fr. compagnie). In military organization, is a body of men commanded by a captain, and forming an aliquot part of a regiment or battalion. In the British service a full company consists of about 100 men, and a regiment of infantry generally comprises 10 or 12 companies, or if there is more than 1 battalion, each has this number of companies. The captain of each company is assisted by 2 subalterns. In the U. S. army each regiment of infantry is divided into 10 companies, and each company has a captain and 2 lieutenants. The artillery and cavalry regiments are divided into 12 companies each, and the former has a captain and 4 lieutenants to each company. See Organization.

Editors Contribution

  1. company

    A group of united people who work together with a perfect, accurate, simple and specific budget, goals, laws, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategies, structures, systems, treaties, vision, identical and equal pay, sense of solidarity and cohesion. This group employs a moderate amount of employees. All profit earned is used to reinvest in the business where just and fair or contribute to the teams chosen local, regional, national, european or international SDG.

    The company vision is simple everyone working together in unity to meet the requirement of the client, vision of the company and goals of the employees also.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 6, 2020  

  2. company

    A person or people to share time with.

    We love to have company at our house and to visit others when we have a family gathering as the company and joy of spending time with our loved ones is a gift to value.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020  

  3. companynoun

    Pronunciated as cohort in Greek meaning a Roman military unit that's numbered as many as 600 men.

    A company of my legion enforced my financial dictatorship.

    Etymology: Business

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 29, 2023  

  4. company

    The activity of providing commodities, goods, products or services.

    To manage a company is a real gift that many chose to do as it gives them the freedom to create according to their sense of ethics and morals.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 20, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Company is ranked #115034 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Company surname appeared 152 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Company.

    51.3% or 78 total occurrences were White.
    40.1% or 61 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    8.5% or 13 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'company' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #199

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'company' in Written Corpus Frequency: #547

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'company' in Nouns Frequency: #22

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of company in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of company in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of company in a Sentence

  1. Sebastian Carlsson:

    That means that we as a company never speculate on what has happened when there is an incident.

  2. Jim Donelon:

    If it is an unreasonable increase in the insured value of your property, make an appeal to your company and get a contractor to give you an estimate of what your property in your area would cost to rebuild.

  3. Jim Ryan:

    Tamez says even if a scan shows an empty hidden compartment it could pay off down the road. The imager gives us the opportunity to, once we find that compartment, scan it. If its empty we never have to tell the bad guy that we found it and all we can do is start doing our research and putting lookouts on this particular vehicle so we can target it at a later time, said Tamez. Tamezsays it saves his team time, money, and officers lives. The alternative is paying for damages on a vehicle, the alternative is having your officers come in contact with fentanyl and possibly overdosing, theres just so many, so many secondary and tertiaryeffects that are negative that can be avoided with a device like this, said Tamez. IBM DITCHES FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY, JOINS CALL FOR POLICE REFORMS Viken is constantly upgrading. Its latest invention, the Osprey-UVX, is an X-ray machine that scans the bottom of moving vehicles.Its expected to roll out later this year at the Laredo and Brownsville ports of entry. Officers will be able to scan a car instantly as it passes through their ports. Security technology company Viken Detection's latest invention is an under vehicle scanner called the Osprey-UVX which can detect hidden items stashed under cars. It's expected to be rolled out at the Southern Texas border later this year. It can scan moving vehicles as they drive over it (Viken Detection) You can stay in your vehicle and you can drive either over or through a portal and you will be able to get a complete image of the vehicle, said Ryan. Within the year Viken Detection hopes to take things even further by trialinga new device that can scanan entire vehicle as it crosses a port of entry. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Our goal is for CBP to go through these demonstrations over the next couple of months and by year-end they will be making their decision and we expect 2021 and beyond to be in installation mode getting these vehicle scanners all the way across the board.

  4. Lise Buyer:

    Management and management focus are the single most determining factor of the success or lack thereof of a company pursuing an IPO, were I a (Square) investor, I would want to be compensated for the cost of a part-time CEO who already had a full plate. And by compensated I mean I would expect a lower valuation.

  5. Daniel Robinson:

    The whole reason I started this company is pilots must fly, we can't do this in simulators.

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