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Companion vs. Company: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 28, 2023
A companion is an individual who accompanies, associates with, or shares activities with another, while a company is a commercial organization or a group of individuals gathered together for a particular purpose or activity.

Key Differences

A companion is primarily an individual who shares one's experiences, time, or activities. This term is usually used to describe a close associate or a friend with whom one spends time, and there is often a sense of mutual understanding and camaraderie. On the other hand, a company refers to a business entity or organization, generally formed with the aim of conducting commercial activities, or it can refer to a group of individuals gathered together for a specific activity or purpose.
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Sep 22, 2023
The word companion emanates from a sense of partnership and shared experiences. It implies a mutual and supportive relationship between individuals, often characterized by friendship, shared interests, or common goals. In contrast, the word company, when referring to a group of people, doesn’t necessarily imply mutual relationships or friendship; it might simply signify presence or gathering, as in enjoying someone's company.
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Sep 22, 2023
In another aspect, the term companion implies a more personal and intimate connection. It often denotes a one-on-one relationship or association between individuals. In contrast, company, especially when referring to a business entity, represents a formal, organized structure comprising multiple individuals or other entities, focusing on collective goals, usually related to business or commerce.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 22, 2023
Furthermore, a companion is often linked with companionship, highlighting mutual respect, shared interests, and a sense of fulfillment or enjoyment derived from being together. In contrast, being in the company of others could be transient and may not always encompass mutual respect or shared interests. It could be incidental or purpose-driven, as in a business meeting or a casual gathering.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023
A company in the context of business involves commercial activities, transactions, and other aspects of trade and commerce, marking a significant difference from companion, which is rooted in interpersonal relationships and mutual existence. Thus, while companion underscores personal interactions and relationships, company emphasizes collective existence, gatherings, or commercial entities.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Definition

An individual who shares one’s time or activities.
A commercial organization or a gathering of individuals.
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Implication

Implies a close, often intimate, association.
Can imply a formal, organized structure or a casual gathering.
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Focus

On mutual understanding and shared experiences.
On collective goals or simply being together.
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Scope

Primarily personal and interpersonal.
Can be commercial, organizational, or social.
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Sep 22, 2023

Association

Involves friendship or camaraderie.
May or may not involve mutual or friendly relationships.
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Sep 22, 2023
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Companion and Company Definitions

Companion

An individual who accompanies or associates with another.
He found a travel companion to explore the mountains with.
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Company

A commercial organization involved in business activities.
He started a company specializing in software development.
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Companion

A person providing company to ward off loneliness.
The elderly man hired a companion to spend time with him.
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Sep 22, 2023

Company

The fact or condition of being with another or others.
She enjoyed the company of her family during the holidays.
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Companion

Someone employed to live with and assist another person.
The princess had a companion to attend to her needs.
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Sep 22, 2023

Company

A military unit typically consisting of 100–250 soldiers.
He served in a company stationed overseas.
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Sep 22, 2023

Companion

A person who shares one's activities or experiences.
My dog has been my faithful companion through thick and thin.
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Company

A group of actors, singers, or dancers who perform together.
The theater company is presenting a new play this month.
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Companion

A partner or pair in a coupled activity.
She was my companion in the dance competition.
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Company

A group of persons
A company of scientists.
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Companion

A person who accompanies or associates with another; a comrade.
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Company

One's companions or associates
Moved in fast company.
Is known by the company she keeps.
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Companion

A domestic partner.
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Company

A guest or guests
Had company for the weekend.
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Companion

A person employed to assist, live with, or travel with another.
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Company

The state of friendly companionship; fellowship
Was grateful for her company.
Friends who finally parted company.
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Companion

One of a pair or set of things; a mate.
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Company

A business enterprise; a firm.
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Companion

A companionway.
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Company

A partner or partners not specifically named in a firm's title
Lee Rogers and Company.
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Companion

To be a companion to; accompany.
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Company

A troupe of dramatic or musical performers
A repertory company.
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Companion

A friend, acquaintance, or partner; someone with whom one spends time or accompanies
His dog has been his trusted companion for the last five years.
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Company

A subdivision of a military regiment or battalion that constitutes the lowest administrative unit. It is usually under the command of a captain and is made up of at least two platoons.
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Companion

(dated) A person employed to accompany or travel with another.
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Company

A unit of firefighters.
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Companion

(nautical) The framework on the quarterdeck of a sailing ship through which daylight entered the cabins below.
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Company

A ship's crew and officers. See Usage Note at collective noun.
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Companion

(nautical) The covering of a hatchway on an upper deck which leads to the companionway; the stairs themselves.
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Company

To accompany or associate with.
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Companion

(topology) A knot in whose neighborhood another, specified knot meets every meridian disk.
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Company

To keep company with someone; associate.
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Companion

(figuratively) A thing or phenomenon that is closely associated with another thing, phenomenon, or person.
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Company

A team; a group of people who work together professionally.
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Companion

(attributive) An appended source of media or information, designed to be used in conjunction with and to enhance the main material.
The companion guide gives an in-depth analysis of this particular translation.
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Company

A group of individuals who work together for a common purpose.
A company of actors.
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Companion

(astronomy) A celestial object that is associated with another.
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Company

(military) A unit of approximately sixty to one hundred and twenty soldiers, typically consisting of two or three platoons and forming part of a battalion.
The boys in Company C
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Companion

A knight of the lowest rank in certain orders.
A companion of the Bath
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Company

A unit of firefighters and their equipment.
It took six companies to put out the fire.
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Companion

A fellow; a rogue.
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Company

(nautical) The entire crew of a ship.
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Companion

(obsolete) To be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany.
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Company

An intelligence service.
As he had worked for the CIA for over 30 years, he would soon take retirement from the company.
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Companion

(obsolete) To qualify as a companion; to make equal.
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Company

A small group of birds or animals.
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Companion

One who accompanies or is in company with another for a longer or shorter period, either from choice or casually; one who is much in the company of, or is associated with, another or others; an associate; a comrade; a consort; a partner.
The companions of his fall.
The companion of fools shall smart for it.
Here are your sons again; and I must loseTwo of the sweetest companions in the world.
A companion is one with whom we share our bread; a messmate.
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Company

(legal) An entity having legal personality, and thus able to own property and to sue and be sued in its own name; a corporation.
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Companion

A knight of the lowest rank in certain orders; as, a companion of the Bath.
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Company

(business) Any business, whether incorporated or not, that manufactures or sells products (also known as goods), or provides services as a commercial venture.
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Companion

A fellow; - in contempt.
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Company

(uncountable) Social visitors or companions.
Keep the house clean; I have company coming.
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Companion

A skylight on an upper deck with frames and sashes of various shapes, to admit light to a cabin or lower deck.
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Company

(uncountable) Companionship.
I treasure your company.
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Companion

To be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany.
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Company

To accompany, keep company with.
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Companion

To qualify as a companion; to make equal.
Companion me with my mistress.
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Company

To associate.
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Companion

A person who is frequently in the company of another;
Drinking companions
Comrades in arms
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Company

To be a lively, cheerful companion.
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Companion

A traveler who accompanies you
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Company

To have sexual intercourse.
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Companion

One paid to accompany or assist or live with another
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Company

The state of being a companion or companions; the act of accompanying; fellowship; companionship; society; friendly intercourse.
Evil company doth corrupt good manners.
Brethren, farewell: your company alongI will not wish.
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Companion

Be a companion to somebody
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Company

A companion or companions.
To thee and thy company I bidA hearty welcome.
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Company

An assemblage or association of persons, either permanent or transient.
Thou shalt meet a company of prophets.
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Company

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

Society, in general; people assembled for social intercourse.
Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company.
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Company

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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Company

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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Company

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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Company

The crew of a ship, including the officers; as, a whole ship's company.
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Company

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

To accompany or go with; to be companion to.
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Company

To associate.
Men which have companied with us all the time.
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Company

To be a gay companion.
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Company

To have sexual commerce.
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Company

An institution created to conduct business;
He only invests in large well-established companies
He started the company in his garage
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Company

Organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical);
The traveling company all stayed at the same hotel
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Company

The state of being with someone;
He missed their company
He enjoyed the society of his friends
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Company

Small military unit; usually two or three platoons
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Company

A band of people associated temporarily in some activity;
They organized a party to search for food
The company of cooks walked into the kitchen
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Company

A social gathering of guests or companions;
The house was filled with company when I arrived
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Company

A social or business visitor;
The room was a mess because he hadn't expected company
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Company

A unit of firefighters including their equipment;
A hook-and-ladder company
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Company

Crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship
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Company

Be a companion to somebody
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Company

A group of individuals gathered together for a particular purpose.
We had a lovely dinner in the company of close friends.
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Sep 22, 2023

FAQs

Can a companion be a pet?

Absolutely, pets are often considered companions due to the mutual companionship they provide.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can a company refer to any group of people?

Yes, a company can refer to any group of individuals gathered together, not necessarily for commercial purposes.
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Sep 22, 2023

Is the connection with a companion always emotional?

While companions often share an emotional connection, it is not a strict requirement, and the connection can be platonic or professional.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can a company consist of just one person?

Yes, in business contexts, a single-member company or sole proprietorship can consist of one person.
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Sep 22, 2023

Does the term companion always imply mutual consent?

Typically, yes, companionship usually involves mutual consent and willingness to be together.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can a company be formed online?

Yes, a company, especially in modern contexts, can be formed and operate online.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023

Can companion imply a short-term association?

Yes, a companion can be someone associated with another for a short-term activity or purpose.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023

Does having a companion always mean having a friend?

Not necessarily, a companion can be a friend but can also be someone who is simply sharing an activity or experience.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can a companion be a family member?

Yes, a companion can be any individual, including a family member, with whom one shares experiences or activities.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can a company refer to a group of friends?

Yes, the term company can refer to a gathering or group of friends.
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Sep 22, 2023

Does a company always operate for profit?

No, there are non-profit companies that operate to fulfill a mission rather than to make a profit.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 22, 2023

Can the company refer to being with non-humans?

Yes, one can refer to being in the company of pets or even inanimate objects.
Janet White
Sep 22, 2023

Is the term company only used in business contexts?

No, the term company can also refer to the presence of individuals, like being in someone’s company.
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Sep 22, 2023

Can companions have professional relationships?

Yes, companions can have professional relationships, such as in the case of companions hired to assist or live with someone.
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Sep 22, 2023

Is companionship always beneficial?

While companionship is often valued, it may not always be beneficial, depending on the individuals involved and the nature of their association.
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Sep 22, 2023
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