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 for Companies
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Company \Com"pa*ny\ (k[u^]m"p[.a]*n[y^]), n.; pl. Companies
     (k[u^]m"p[.a]*n[i^]z). [F. compagnie, fr. OF. compaing. See
     Companion.]
     1. The state of being a companion or companions; the act of
        accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly
        intercourse. --Shak.
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              Evil company doth corrupt good manners. --1 Cor. xv.
                                                    33. (Rev.
                                                    Ver.).
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              Brethren, farewell: your company along
              I will not wish.                      --Milton.
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     2. A companion or companions.
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              To thee and thy company I bid
              A hearty welcome.                     --Shak.
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     3. An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent
        or transient.
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              Thou shalt meet a company of prophets. --1 Sam. x.
                                                    5.
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     4. Guests or visitors, in distinction from the members of a
        family; as, to invite company to dine.
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     5. Society, in general; people assembled for social
        intercourse.
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              Nature has left every man a capacity of being
              agreeable, though not of shining in company.
                                                    --Swift.
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     6. An association of persons for the purpose of carrying on
        some enterprise or business; a corporation; a firm; as,
        the East India Company; an insurance company; a
        joint-stock company.
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     7. Partners in a firm whose names are not mentioned in its
        style or title; -- often abbreviated in writing; as,
        Hottinguer & Co.
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     8. (Mil.) A subdivision of a regiment of troops under the
        command of a captain, numbering in the United States (full
        strength) 100 men.
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     9. (Naut.) The crew of a ship, including the officers; as, a
        whole ship's company.
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     10. The body of actors employed in a theater or in the
         production of a play.
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     To keep company with. See under Keep, v. t.
  
     Syn: Assemblage; assembly; society; group; circle; crowd;
          troop; crew; gang; corporation; association; fraternity;
          guild; partnership; copartnery; union; club; party;
          gathering.
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