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Meaning of “company” in the English Dictionary

"company" in British English

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companynoun

uk   us   /ˈkʌm.pə.ni/
  • company noun (BUSINESS)

A2 [C] an ​organization that ​sellsgoods 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.

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  • 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 ​longtrip 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 ​walkedslowly along the ​beach.
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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.

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  • 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.

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  • company noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a ​largegroup of ​soldiers. ​especially a ​division of a ​battalion [C, + sing/pl verb] UK an ​organizedgroup of ​young women who are Guides: My ​cousin and I ​joined the same ​Guide company.
(Definition of company from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"company" in American English

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companynoun

 us   /ˈkʌm·pə·ni/
  • company noun (BUSINESS)

[C] an ​organization that ​produces or ​sellsgoods or ​services in ​order to make a ​profit: He ​ownspart of a company that ​manufacturessoftware for ​personalcomputers.
  • company noun (OTHER PEOPLE)

[U] the ​state of having someone with you, or the ​person or ​people who are with you: It was a ​longtrip and I was ​grateful for his company. I ​traveled to Chicago in the company of two ​teachers (= with them). We’re having company (= ​guests) for ​dinnertonight.
  • company noun (GROUP)

[C] a ​group of ​people who ​work or ​perform together: She’s ​spending the ​summer as ​part of a touring ​theatrical company. [C] A company is also a ​militaryunit consisting of a ​largegroup of ​soldiers, usually with a ​captain in ​charge of them.
(Definition of company from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"company" in Business English

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companynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkʌmpəni/ (plural companies) COMMERCE
an ​organization that ​sellsgoods or ​services in ​order to make ​money: a big/large/small, etc. company We're a medium-sized company giving good ​value for ​money.join/work for/leave a company Her husband has ​worked for the same company for 18 ​years.set up/found/establish a company They want to set up a company ​selling children's ​clothing.run/own a company She ​runs a company ​designinginteractivecomputerprogrammes, ​websites, and CD-ROMS.dissolve/liquidate a company This ​flowchartshows the ​steps you need to take in ​order to ​liquidate your company.buy/buy out/take over a company The ​bank had ​bought out the company for $29 a ​share.a company expands/shrinks At that ​time the company was ​expanding rapidly, ​opening a new ​branch every couple of months.a company fails/ goes bankrupt/goes into liquidation Hargreaves ​lost thousands when the company went ​bankrupt. company ​executives/​policy/​profits
(Definition of company from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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