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company

noun uk   /ˈkʌm.pə.ni/ us  

company noun (BUSINESS)

A2 [C] an organization that sells goods or services in order to make money: He works for a software company/a company that makes software. I work for Duggan and Company. No smoking is company policy.

company noun (OTHER PEOPLE)

B2 [U] the fact of being with a person or people, or the person or people you are with: I just enjoy his company. It was a long trip and I was grateful for his company. I enjoy my own company (= I like being alone). I travelled in the company of (= with) two teachers as far as Istanbul. I'd rather you didn't mention it when we're in company (= with other people). I didn't realize you had company (= were with someone/people). Margot came to stay for a week as company for my mother while I was away. With only her thoughts for company (= being alone), she walked slowly along the beach.
See also
be good company C1 to be pleasant and entertaining to be with: You'll like Rosie - she's good company. for company If you do something for company, you do it to make you feel as if you are not alone: I usually have the radio on for company. keep sb company B2 to stay with someone so that they are not alone: I'll keep you company till the train comes.

company noun (THEATRICAL GROUP)

[C] a group of actors, singers, or dancers who perform together: She's in the National Theatre Company. I'd like to thank the director, the choreographer and the other members of the company for being so supportive.

company noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a large group of soldiers. especially a division of a battalion [C, + sing/pl verb] an organized group of young women who are Guides: My cousin and I joined the same Guide company.
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