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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The relationship of companions; fellowship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of having or being a companion.
  • n. An association, a fellowship.
  • n. The state of being a journeyman.
  • n. An organized group of people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Fellowship; association; the act or fact of keeping company with any one.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or fact of being a companion; fellowship; association; company; especially, good-fellowship.
  • n. In printing, an association of compositors engaged in setting up one work or more, under the management of a clicker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being with someone


From companion +‎ -ship (Wiktionary)


  • Despite a small team of mechanical men, Harold's only source of human (- like) companionship is his true love, Prosepero's daughter Miranda, who may or may not even be alive as she only speaks to Harold through a series of speakers placed around the ship.

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  • Now I'm feeling worried about my 11/2-year, long-distance relationship and how it probably will not result in marriage/long-term companionship/whatever since we have pretty different priorities, and wondering what the point is, then.

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  • The companionship is so great, and the experience so unique, that it makes the perfect cap to a spring season.

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  • Either way companionship is often a menu item and some of the ladies are not really hookers but are looking for a better situation in life and are making some money in the process.

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  • People who may want to share or borrow a dog are mostly motivated by the short-term companionship it provides, says Herb Nieburg, a psychologist in Stonington, Conn., who has written a book on pet loss.

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  • Yet, with gay hearts, which become intimate because they were gay, the reason for their first intimacy ceasing, the friendship will fade: but may not this sort of friendship be more properly distinguished by the word companionship?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Long-term companionship is the most important thing at my age. '

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  • What is it that fosters the human need for long-term companionship?

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  • Why is it so hard to imagine people loving one another, wanting to commit to long term companionship and get the personal, legal, and financial advantages of that, and do it all without interpersonal sex?

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  • All of us need companionship, which is exactly why teenagers are texting their friends in the middle of dinner (TMI, BFF, OMG ...), and why people who didn't own a personal computer last year now have profiles on Facebook, My Space, and other social-networking sites.

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