company


company
company, party, band, troop, troupe are comparable when they denote a group of persons who are associated in a joint endeavor or who are assembled for a common end.
Company is the general term for either a temporary assemblage or a permanent association of individuals who join forces
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the glorious company of the apostles— Book of Common Prayer

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the whole company of thinkers who have written philosophy— Sullivan

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A party is a company assembled temporarily for a common purpose
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search party

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dinner party

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a party of visitors from the country

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A band is a company united by a common tie or purpose; the term implies closer organization and a less casual coming together than does company
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the robbers worked in bands

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a band of musicians

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that small, transfigured band . . . whose one bond is, that all have been unspotted by the world— Arnold

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A troop is a company or band that works or acts together in close formation or in unanimity; the term frequently suggests a throng or multitude
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there entertain him all the saints above, in solemn troops, and sweet societies— Milton

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a mobile and dynamic troop whose major aims are the improvement of the mind— Hauser

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In specific use troop is applied to a band of soldiers or, in the plural troops, to soldiers collectively
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farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars— Shak.

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British troops

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When the reference is to a company of performers (especially on the stage)
troupe is the preferred spelling
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a circus troupe

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Analogous words: *set, circle, coterie, clique: *association, society, club, order: *crowd, throng, mob, horde

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  • Company — Com pa*ny, v. i. 1. To associate. [1913 Webster] Men which have companied with us all the time. Acts i. 21. [1913 Webster] 2. To be a gay companion. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. To have sexual commerce. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • company — I. noun (plural nies) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English companie, from cumpaignie, from cumpaing companion more at companion Date: 13th century 1. a. association with another ; fellowship < enjoy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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