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noun company pronunciation in American English /ˈkʌmpəni/
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singularcompany
pluralcompanies
 
  1. 1
    [countable] an organization that provides services, or that makes or sells goods for money
    Max works for a large oil company.
    He joined the company in 1982.
    a local/multinational company
    and Company (=used in company names): Johnson and Company
    1. a.
      [only before noun] connected with a company or with the people in a company
      It’s company policy.
      We can’t all be company directors.
  2. 2
    [countable] theatre a group of actors, singers, or dancers who perform together
    the Royal Shakespeare Company
    a dance/theater company
  3. 3
    [uncountable] people you are with
    mixed company (=a group that includes men and women): Some of the jokes weren’t really suitable for mixed company.
    bad company (=friends that other people do not approve of): Things started to go wrong when he got into bad company.
    1. a.
      a guest or guests
      She’s not coming – she has company.
    2. b.
      the activity of being with other people
      I thought you might be glad of some company tonight.
      She doesn’t really feel like company at the moment.
      the company of someone: She’s always liked the company of powerful people.
      someone’s company: We usually enjoy his company.
    See also polite company

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