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company

[kuhm-puh-nee]
noun, plural companies.
1.
a number of individuals assembled or associated together; group of people.
2.
a guest or guests: We're having company for dinner.
3.
an assemblage of persons for social purposes.
4.
companionship; fellowship; association: I always enjoy her company.
5.
one's usual companions: I don't like the company he keeps.
6.
society collectively.
7.
a number of persons united or incorporated for joint action, especially for business: a publishing company; a dance company.
8.
(initial capital letter) the members of a firm not specifically named in the firm's title: George Higgins and Company.
9.
Military.
a.
the smallest body of troops, consisting of a headquarters and two or three platoons.
b.
any relatively small group of soldiers.
c.
Army. a basic unit with both tactical and administrative functions.
10.
a unit of firefighters, including their special apparatus: a hook-and-ladder company.
11.
Also called ship's company. a ship's crew, including the officers.
12.
a medieval trade guild.
13.
the Company, Informal. a nation's major intelligence-gathering and espionage organization, as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
verb (used without object), companied, companying.
14.
Archaic. to associate.
verb (used with object), companied, companying.
15.
Archaic. to accompany.
Idioms
16.
keep company,
a.
to associate with; be a friend of.
b.
Informal. to go together, as in courtship: My sister has been keeping company with a young lawyer.
17.
part company,
a.
to cease association or friendship with: We parted company 20 years ago after the argument.
b.
to take a different or opposite view; differ: He parted company with his father on politics.
c.
to separate: We parted company at the airport.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French compaignie companionship, equivalent to compain (< Late Latin compāniō; see companion1) + -ie -y3

companyless, adjective
intercompany, adjective


1. group, assemblage, body. Company, band, party, troop refer to a group of people formally or informally associated. Company is the general word and means any group of people: a company of motorists. Band used especially of a band of musicians, suggests a relatively small group pursuing the same purpose or sharing a common fate: a concert by a band; a band of survivors. Party except when used of a political group, usually implies an indefinite and temporary assemblage, as for some common pursuit: a spelunking party. Troop used specifically of a body of cavalry, usually implies a number of individuals organized as a unit: a troop of cavalry. 3. gathering, crowd. 6. firm, house, corporation.
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part

[pahrt]
noun
1.
a portion or division of a whole that is separate or distinct; piece, fragment, fraction, or section; constituent: the rear part of the house; to glue the two parts together.
2.
an essential or integral attribute or quality: a sense of humor is part of a healthy personality.
3.
a section or division of a literary work.
4.
a portion, member, or organ of an animal body.
5.
any of a number of more or less equal quantities that compose a whole or into which a whole is divided: Use two parts sugar to one part cocoa.
6.
an allotted portion; share.
7.
Usually, parts.
a.
a region, quarter, or district: a journey to foreign parts.
b.
a quality or attribute establishing the possessor as a person of importance or superior worth: Being both a diplomat and a successful businesswoman, she is widely regarded as a woman of parts.
8.
either of the opposing sides in a contest, question, agreement, etc.
9.
the dividing line formed in separating the hair of the head and combing it in different directions.
10.
a constituent piece of a machine or tool either included at the time of manufacture or set in place as a replacement for the original piece.
11.
Music.
a.
the written or printed matter extracted from the score that a single performer or section uses in the performance of concerted music: a horn part.
b.
a section or division of a composition: the allegro part of the first movement.
12.
participation, interest, or concern in something; role: The neighbors must have had some part in planning the surprise party.
13.
a person's share in or contribution to some action; duty, function, or office: You must do your part if we're to finish by tonight.
14.
a character or role acted in a play or sustained in real life.
verb (used with object)
15.
to divide (a thing) into parts; break; cleave; divide.
16.
to comb (the hair) away from a dividing line.
17.
to divide into shares; distribute in parts; apportion.
18.
to put or keep apart; separate: They parted the calves from the herd.
19.
Metallurgy.
a.
to separate (silver) from gold in refining.
b.
to cut (one part) away from a piece, as an end from a billet.
c.
to keep the surface of (a casting) separate from the sand of the mold.
20.
Obsolete. to leave.
verb (used without object)
21.
to be or become divided into parts; break or cleave: The oil tanker parted amidships.
22.
to go or come apart; separate, as two or more things.
23.
to go apart from or leave one another, as persons: We'll part no more.
24.
to be or become separated from something else (usually followed by from ).
25.
Nautical. to break or become torn apart, as a cable.
26.
to depart.
27.
to die.
adjective
28.
partial; of a part: part owner.
adverb
29.
in part; partly: part black.
Verb phrases
30.
part with, to give up (property, control, etc.); relinquish: to part with one's money.
Idioms
31.
for one's part, as far as concerns one: For my part, you can do whatever you please.
32.
for the most part, with respect to the greatest part; on the whole; generally; usually; mostly: They are good students, for the most part.
33.
in good part,
a.
without offense; in a good-natured manner; amiably: She was able to take teasing in good part.
b.
to a great extent; largely: His success is in good part ascribable to dogged determination.
34.
in part, in some measure or degree; to some extent; partly; partially: The crop failure was due in part to unusual weather conditions.
35.
on the part of,
a.
so far as pertains to or concerns one: He expressed appreciation on the part of himself and his colleagues.
b.
as done or manifested by: attention on the part of the audience.
Also, on one's part.
36.
part and parcel, an essential, necessary, or integral part: Her love for her child was part and parcel of her life.
37.
part company,
a.
to bid farewell or go separate ways; leave one another.
b.
to dissolve a personal affiliation, relationship, etc., especially because of irreconcilable differences.
c.
to disagree.
38.
take part, to participate; share or partake: They refused to take part in any of the activities of the community.
39.
take someone's part, to align oneself with; support; defend: His parents took his part, even though he was obviously in the wrong.

Origin:
before 1000; (noun) Middle English (< Old French < L), Old English < Latin part- (stem of pars) piece, portion; (v.) Middle English parten < Old French partir < Latin partīre, derivative of pars

multipart, adjective
subpart, noun


1. component, ingredient, division, sector. Part, piece, portion, segment, section, fraction, fragment refer to something that is less than the whole. Part is the general word: part of a house. A piece suggests a part which is itself a complete unit or it may mean an irregular fragment: a piece of pie; a piece of a broken vase. A portion is a part allotted or assigned to a person, purpose, etc.: a portion of food. A segment is often a part into which something separates naturally: a segment of an orange. Section suggests a relatively substantial, clearly separate part that fits closely with other parts to form a whole: a section of a fishing rod, a book. Fraction suggests a less substantial but still clearly delimited part, often separate from other parts: a fraction of his former income. Fragment suggests a broken, inconsequential, incomplete part, with irregular or imprecise outlines or boundaries: a fragment of broken pottery, of information. 6. apportionment, lot. 13. responsibility. 18. sever, sunder, dissociate, disconnect, disjoin, detach.


1. whole. 15. join.
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company (ˈkʌmpənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  a number of people gathered together; assembly
2.  the fact of being with someone; companionship: I enjoy her company
3.  a social visitor or visitors; guest or guests
4.  a business enterprise
5.  Co, Abbreviation: co the members of an enterprise not specifically mentioned in the enterprise's title
6.  a group of actors, usually including business and technical personnel
7.  a unit of around 100 troops, usually comprising two or more platoons
8.  the officers and crew of a ship
9.  a unit of Girl Guides
10.  English history a medieval guild
11.  keep company, bear company
 a.  to accompany (someone)
 b.  (esp of lovers) to associate with each other; spend time together
12.  part company
 a.  to end a friendship or association, esp as a result of a quarrel; separate
 b.  (foll by with) to leave; go away (from); be separated (from)
 
vb , -nies, -nies, -nying, -nied
13.  archaic to keep company or associate (with someone)
 
[C13: from Old French compaignie, from compain companion, fellow, from Late Latin compāniō; see companion1]

part (pɑːt)
 
n
1.  a piece or portion of a whole
2.  an integral constituent of something: dancing is part of what we teach
3.  a.  an amount less than the whole; bit: they only recovered part of the money
 b.  (as modifier): an old car in part exchange for a new one
4.  one of several equal or nearly equal divisions: mix two parts flour to one part water
5.  a.  an actor's role in a play
 b.  the speech and actions which make up such a role
 c.  a written copy of these
6.  a person's proper role or duty: everyone must do his part
7.  (often plural) region; area: you're well known in these parts
8.  anatomy any portion of a larger structure
9.  a component that can be replaced in a machine, engine, etc: spare parts
10.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral) British equivalent: parting the line of scalp showing when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions
11.  music
 a.  one of a number of separate melodic lines making up the texture of music
 b.  one of such melodic lines, which is assigned to one or more instrumentalists or singers: the viola part; the soprano solo part
 c.  See part song such a line performed from a separately written or printed copy
12.  for the most part generally
13.  for one's part as far as one is concerned
14.  in part to some degree; partly
15.  of many parts having many different abilities
16.  on the part of on behalf of
17.  part and parcel an essential ingredient
18.  play a part
 a.  to pretend to be what one is not
 b.  (foll by in) to have something to do (with); be instrumental (in): to play a part in the king's downfall
19.  take in good part to respond to (teasing) with good humour
20.  take part in to participate in
21.  take someone's part to support someone in an argument
 
vb (foll by from) (foll by with) (foll by from)
22.  to divide or separate from one another; take or come apart: to part the curtains; the seams parted when I washed the dress
23.  to go away or cause to go away from one another; stop or cause to stop seeing each other: the couple parted amicably
24.  to leave; say goodbye (to)
25.  to relinquish, esp reluctantly: I couldn't part with my teddy bear
26.  to cause to relinquish, esp reluctantly: he's not easily parted from his cash
27.  (intr) to split; separate: the path parts here
28.  (tr) to arrange (the hair) in such a way that a line of scalp is left showing
29.  (intr) a euphemism for die
30.  archaic (intr) to depart
31.  part company
 a.  to end a friendship or association, esp as a result of a quarrel; separate: they were in partnership, but parted company last year
 b.  (foll by with) to leave; go away from; be separated from
 
adv
32.  to some extent; partly
 
[C13: via Old French from Latin partīre to divide, from pars a part]

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part
c.1000, "part of speech," from O.Fr. part, from L. partem (nom. pars, gen. partis) "part, piece, side, share," related to L. portio "share, portion," from PIE base *per- "to assign, allot" (cf. Gk. peprotai "it has been granted," Skt. purtam "reward," Hittite parshiya- "fraction, part"). It has replaced
native deal in most senses. Theatrical sense (1495) is from an actor's "share" in a performance. Meaning "the parting of the hair" is 1890, Amer.Eng.

part
late 13c., "to divide into parts," from O.Fr. partir "to divide, separate," from L. partire, from pars (see part (n.)). Sense of "to separate (someone from someone else)" is from early 14c.; that of "to take leave" is from early 15c. Meaning "to separate the hair" is attested from 1610s.

company
1150, from O.Fr. compaignie "body of soldiers," from L.L. companio (see companion). Meaning "subdivision of an infantry regiment" is from 1590. Sense of "business association" first recorded 1553, having earlier been used in reference to trade guilds (c.1300). Abbreviation co. dates from 1759.
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part (pärt)
n.

  1. A portion, division, piece, or segment of a whole.

  2. Any of several equal portions or fractions that can constitute a whole or into which a whole can be divided.

  3. An organ, a member, or another division of an organism.

  4. An anatomical part; pars.

  5. parts The external genitalia.

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part company

Go separate ways; also, disagree about something. For example, After they reached the park Jeff and Jane parted company, or They parted company on their views of foreign policy. [Early 1700s]

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