company Definition

  • 1a commercial business
  • 2a group of people who are together for a particular purpose
  • 3the fact of being with someone else or others, especially when it provides comfort or enjoyment

Using company: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "company" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She works for a software company.

  • Example

    The company has a strict dress code.

  • Example

    We enjoyed each other's company.

  • Example

    I need some company on this long drive.

company Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for company

Idioms Using company

  • company's coming

    an expression used to indicate that guests are expected soon


    Hurry up and clean the house, company's coming!

  • two's company, three's a crowd

    a saying that suggests that a third person can spoil the enjoyment of a situation that is meant for only two people


    I was having a great time with my friend until her boyfriend showed up. Two's company, three's a crowd.

  • to separate from someone after being together for a period of time


    After the project was completed, we parted company and went our separate ways.

Phrases with company

  • to stay with someone so that they are not alone


    I'll keep you company while you wait for the train.

  • among people who are respected or admired


    With three Olympic gold medals, she is in good company with other great athletes.

  • an employee who is loyal to the company and its interests


    He has worked for the same company for over 30 years; he's a real company man.

Origins of company

from Latin 'com-' meaning 'with' + 'panis' meaning 'bread'


Summary: company in Brief

The term 'company' [ˈkʌmpəni] refers to a commercial business, a group of people with a shared purpose, or the act of being with others. Examples include 'She works for a software company,' 'We enjoyed each other's company,' and 'I need some company on this long drive.' Phrases like 'keep someone company' and idioms like 'company's coming' are also common. 'Company' has formal synonyms like 'enterprise' and informal ones like 'biz.'

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