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"company" in British English

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companynoun

uk   /ˈkʌm.pə.ni/ us   /ˈkʌm.pə.ni/
  • 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.

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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 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.
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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] UK an organized group 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 sells goods or services in order to make a profit: He owns part of a company that manufactures software for personal computers.
  • company noun (OTHER PEOPLE)

[U] the state of having someone with you, or the person or people who are with you: It was a long trip 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 dinner tonight.
  • 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 military unit consisting of a large group 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   /ˈkʌmpəni/ us   plural companies COMMERCE
an organization that sells goods 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 designing interactive computer programmes, websites, and CD-ROMS.dissolve/liquidate a company This flowchart shows 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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