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.

(Com"pa*ny) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Companied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Companying.] To accompany or go with; to be companion to. [Obs.]

(Com"pa*ny), v. i.

Companionable to Compass

(Com*pan"ion*a*ble) a. Fitted to be a companion; fit for good fellowship; agreeable; sociable. "Each companionable guest." Mallett. "Companionable wit." Clarendon.

Com*pan"ion*a*ble*ness, n.Com*pan"ion*a*bly, adv.

(Com*pan"ion*less), a. Without a companion.

(Com*pan"ion*ship), n. Fellowship; association; the act or fact of keeping company with any one. Shak.

He never seemed to avail himself of my sympathy other than by mere companionship.
W. Irving

(Com"pa*ny) n.; pl. Companies (- niz). [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.

Evil company doth corrupt good manners.
1 Cor. xv. 33.

Brethren, farewell: your company along
I will not wish.

2. A companion or companions.

To thee and thy company I bid
A hearty welcome.

3. An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient.

Thou shalt meet a company of prophets.
1 Sam. x. 5.

4. Guests or visitors, in distinction from the members of a family; as, to invite company to dine.

5. Society, in general; people assembled for social intercourse.

Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company.

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.

7. Partners in a firm whose names are not mentioned in its style or title; — often abbreviated in writing; as, Hottinguer & Co.

8. (Mil.) A subdivision of a regiment of troops under the command of a captain, numbering in the United States (full strength) 100 men.

9. (Naut.) The crew of a ship, including the officers; as, a whole ship's company.

10. The body of actors employed in a theater or in the production of a play.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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