• (RP) IPA: /ˈkʌmp(ə)ni/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkʌmpəni/


  1. A team; a group of people who work together professionally.
    1. A group of individuals who work together for a common purpose.
      A company of actors.
    2. (military) A unit of approximately sixty to one hundred and twenty soldiers, typically consisting of two or three platoons and forming part of a battalion.
      the boys in Company C
    3. A unit of firefighters and their equipment.
      It took six companies to put out the fire.
    4. (nautical) The entire crew of a ship.
    5. (espionage, informal) An intelligence service.
      As he had worked for the CIA for over 30 years, he would soon take retirement from the company.
  2. A small group of birds or animals.
  3. (legal) An entity having legal personality, and thus able to own property and to sue and be sued in its own name; a corporation.
  4. (business) Any business, whether incorporated or not, that manufactures or sells products (also known as goods), or provides services as a commercial venture.
  5. (uncountable) Social visitors or companions.
    Keep the house clean; I have company coming.
  6. (uncountable) Companionship.
    I treasure your company.
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company (companies, present participle companying; past companied, past participle companied)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To accompany, keep company with.
  2. (archaic, intransitive) To associate.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Acts 1:21 ↗:
      Men which have companied with us all the time.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To be a lively, cheerful companion.
  4. (obsolete, intransitive) To have sexual intercourse.

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