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noun company pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌmp(ə)ni/
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  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.

    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
    [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.
      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.

    2. b.
      a guest or guests

      She’s not coming – she’s got company.

    See also polite company
  3. 3
    [countable] theatre a group of actors, singers, or dancers who perform together: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    the Royal Shakespeare Company

    a dance/theatre company

    1. c.
      a group that is part of a children’s organization such as the Scouts or Girl Guides: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
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