|n.||1.||The state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse.|
|2.||A companion or companions.|
|3.||An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient.|
|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.|
|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.|
|v. t.||1.||To accompany or go with; to be companion to.|
|v. i.||1.||To associate.|
|2.||To be a gay companion.|
|3.||To have sexual commerce.|
|Noun||1.||company - an institution created to conduct business; "he only invests in large well-established companies"; "he started the company in his garage"|
|2.||company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"|
|3.||company - the state of being with someone; "he missed their company"; "he enjoyed the society of his friends"|
|4.||company - small military unit; usually two or three platoons|
|5.||company - 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"|
|6.||company - a social gathering of guests or companions; "the house was filled with company when I arrived"|
|7.||company - a social or business visitor; "the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company"|
|8.||company - a unit of firefighters including their equipment; "a hook-and-ladder company"|
|9.||company - crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship|
Synonyms: ship's company
|Verb||1.||company - be a companion to somebody|
COMPANY. An association of a number of individuals for the purpose of
carrying on some legitimate business.
2. This term is not synonymous with partnership, though every such unincorporated compass is a partnership.
3. Usage has reserved this term to associations whose members are in greater number, their capital more considerable, and their enterprises greater, either on account of their risk or importance.
4. When these companies are authorized by the government, they are known by the name of corporations. (q.v.)
5. Sometimes the word is used to represent those members of a partnership whose names do not appear in the name of the firm; as, A.B & Company. Vide, 12 Toull. n, 97; Mortimer on Commerce, 128. Vide Club; Corporation; Firm; Parties to actions; Partnership.