Company Definition

Define what is Company?

1. company (noun)

an institution created to conduct business.

  • he only invests in large well-established companies.
  • he started the company in his garage.

institution, establishment noun
an organization founded and united for a specific purpose.


broadcasting company noun
a company that manages tv or radio stations.

bureau de change noun
(French) an establishment where you can exchange foreign money.

auto company, car company noun
a company that makes and sells automobiles.

dot-com, dot com, dot com company noun
a company that operates its business primarily on the internet using a URL that ends in `.com'.

drug company, pharma, pharmaceutical company noun
a company that makes and sells pharmaceuticals.

East India Company noun
an English company formed in 1600 to develop trade with the new British colonies in India and southeastern Asia; in the 18th century it assumed administrative control of Bengal and held it until the British army took over in 1858 after the Indian Mutiny.

electronics company noun
a company that makes and sells electronic instruments.

film company noun
a company that makes, advertises, and distributes movies.

food company noun
a company that processes and sells food.

furniture company noun
a company that sells furniture.

mining company noun
a company that owns and manages mines.

shipping company noun
a company that provides shipping services.

steel company noun
a company that makes and sells steel.

subsidiary company, subsidiary noun
a company that is completely controlled by another company.

transportation company noun
a company providing transportation.

distributor noun
a company that markets merchandise.

oil company noun
a company that sells oil.

packaging company, packaging concern noun
a company that packages goods for sale or shipment or storage.

pipeline company noun
a company that operates oil pipelines for the oil industry.

printing business, printing company, printing concern noun
a company that does commercial printing.

corporate investor noun
a company that invests in (acquires control of) other companies.

takeover target, target company noun
a company that has been chosen as attractive for takeover by a potential acquirer.

white knight noun
a company that is a friendly acquirer in a takeover.

Ld., limited company, Ltd. noun
a company that is organized to give its owners limited liability.

holding company noun
a company with controlling shares in other companies.

Service noun
a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation.

livery company noun
one of the chartered companies of London originating with the craft guilds.

open shop noun
a company whose workers are hired without regard to their membership in a labor union.

closed shop noun
a company that hires only union members.

union shop noun
a company allowed to hire nonunion workers on the condition that they will join the union within a specified time.

stock company noun
a company whose capital is represented by stock.

joint-stock company noun
a company (usually unincorporated) which has the capital of its members pooled in a common fund; transferable shares represent ownership interest; shareholders are legally liable for all debts of the company.

record company noun
a company that makes and sells musical recordings.

moving company, public mover, removal company, removal firm, mover noun
a company that moves the possessions of a family or business from one site to another.

think factory, think tank noun
a company that does research for hire and issues reports on the implications.

shipper noun
a company in the business of shipping freight.

2. companion, company, keep company, accompany (verb)

be a companion to somebody.


    affiliate, assort, consort, associate verb
    keep company with; hang out with.

    3. company (noun)

    small military unit; usually two or three platoons.


      army unit noun
      a military unit that is part of an army.


      trainband noun
      a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th century.

      4. companionship, fellowship, company, society (noun)

      the state of being with someone.

      • he missed their company.
      • he enjoyed the society of his friends.

      friendly relationship, friendship noun
      the state of being friends (or friendly).


      Freemasonry noun
      a natural or instinctive fellowship between people of similar interests.

      5. troupe, company (noun)

      organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical).

      • the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel.
      Synonyms: troupe

      organization, organisation noun
      a group of people who work together.


      opera company noun
      a company that produces operas.

      theater company noun
      a company that produces plays.

      ballet company noun
      a company that produces ballets.

      Greek chorus, chorus noun
      a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play.

      Circus noun
      a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals.

      minstrel show noun
      a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokes.

      minstrelsy noun
      a troupe of minstrels.

      6. caller, company (noun)

      a social or business visitor.

      • the room was a mess because he hadn't expected company.
      Synonyms: caller

      visitant, visitor noun
      someone who visits.

      7. company (noun)

      a social gathering of guests or companions.

      • the house was filled with company when I arrived.

      social affair, social gathering noun
      a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship.


      attendance noun
      the number of people that are present.

      cohort noun
      a company of companions or supporters.

      number noun
      a select company of people.

      8. party, company (noun)

      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.
      Synonyms: party

      band, circle, Lot, Set noun
      an unofficial association of people or groups.


      fatigue party noun
      a group of soldiers on fatigue duty.

      landing party noun
      a part of a ship's company organized for special duties ashore.

      party to the action, party to the transaction noun
      a party of people taking a role in legal proceedings.

      rescue party noun
      a party of rescuers.

      search party noun
      a party of people to search for someone.

      stretcher party noun
      a party of people with stretchers to carry an injured person.

      war party noun
      a band of warriors who raid or fight an enemy (used especially of Native Americans).

      9. ship's company, company (noun)

      crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship.

        Synonyms: ship's company

        full complement, complement noun
        number needed to make up a whole force.

        10. company (noun)

        a unit of firefighters including their equipment.

        • a hook-and-ladder company.

        social unit, unit noun
        an organization regarded as part of a larger social group.

        Nearby Terms

        company man (noun)
        an employee whose first loyalty is to the company rather than to fellow workers

        company name (noun)
        the name by which a corporation is identified

        company operator (noun)
        an operator who works for a company

        company union (noun)
        a union of workers for a single company; a union not affiliated with a larger union

        comparability (noun)
        qualities that are comparable

        comparable (adjective)
        able to be compared or worthy of comparison

        comparable to (adjective satellite)
        worthy of comparison; as good as

        comparable with (adjective satellite)
        similar in some respect and so able to be compared in order to show differences and similarities

        comparably (adverb)
        in a comparable manner or to a comparable degree

        comparative (noun)
        the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

        comparative anatomist (noun)
        anatomist who compares the anatomy of different animals

        comparative anatomy (noun)
        the study of anatomical features of animals of different species

        comparative degree (noun)
        the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

        comparative literature (noun)
        study of literary works from different cultures (often in translation)

        comparative negligence (noun)
        (law) negligence allocated between the plaintiff and the defendant with a corresponding reduction in damages paid to the plaintiff