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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMPANIES

It appeared as if the retirement of the two companies was the signal for their attack.

There are her companies of infantry in a sort of port there.

They pick one another up at resting stations, and go on in companies.

So there was no private capital that dared or could take the place of that of the companies.

He continued until his death an active director in these companies.

Except newspapers and reports of companies, there was in it nothing printed.

The natives hunt the deer sometimes in companies, and sometimes alone.

Head-quarters and 10 companies at New Orleans.1815 (February).

Then three companies of the Dublin Fusiliers were towed ashore.

Four companies of the Eighty-sixth Regiment had held the salient.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-12c., "large group of people," from Old French compagnie "society, friendship, intimacy; body of soldiers" (12c.), from Late Latin companio (see companion). Meaning "companionship" is from late 13c. Sense of "business association" first recorded 1550s, having earlier been used in reference to trade guilds (c.1300). Meaning "subdivision of an infantry regiment" is from 1580s. Abbreviation co. dates from 1670s.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.