Definition of “company” - English Dictionary

“company” in British English

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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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  • The commercial future of the company looks very promising.
  • The company is concentrating on developing new products.
  • The law obliges companies to pay decent wages to their employees.
  • PolyGram is one of the world's largest record companies.
  • In the space of just ten years, her company has grown from one small shop to a multi-million-pound empire.

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.

More examples

  • You should take it as a compliment when I fall asleep in your company - it means I'm relaxed.
  • She didn't mix with her contemporaries, preferring the company of older people.
  • Where have you been? We've been deprived of your company for far too long!
  • She entranced them with her intellect and the joy of her company.
  • I can't stand academics - present company excepted .

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.

More examples

  • He founded his own dance company.
  • She works for a theatre company in Leeds.
  • All the members of the company took the stage for a bow.

(Definition of “company” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“company” in American English

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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.

(Definition of “company” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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