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companionship

[kəmpan′yənship′]
Etymology: L, com, together, panis, food
(in psychiatric nursing) the assignment of a staff member to stay with a disturbed patient to provide support and to protect the patient from self-harm or harm to others. In constant companionship the disturbed patient is accompanied in all activities until the staff member is convinced the patient has regained control.

companionship

A general term for an interactional relationship with one or more living beings; companions include spouses, lovers, children, parents, friends, pets and others, who provide an individual with a sense of belonging and of being needed. Companionship prevents social isolation—which is common after divorce and in those with disabilities, advanced age, mental disorders and alcoholism, and is a risk factor for suicide and deaths from all causes.

companionship

the faculty possessed by most truly domesticated animals. They are social creatures and have a great need for the companionship of other animals. Animals in groups are quieter and more productive as a rule.
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Paul adored her, and the companionship between them was beautiful to see.
And during these hours of companionship Michael learned many things.
No, we have knowledge of no world but yours, though for us it holds no sunlight, no warmth, no music, no laughter, no song of birds, nor any companionship.
And certainly the companionship of school has had a good effect on him, and he is perfectly well, and making good progress.
Also being honoured with Companionships are actor and director Samuel West, theatre director and playwright Adrian Jackson, Executive Director of the National Theatre Nick Starr CBE, theatre designer Colin Richmond, lighting DESIGNERPATRICKWOODROFFE OBE, professional dancer and teacher Briony Albert, and two-time Grammy Award-winning music producer, songwriter and composer Giles Martin.
LEGENDARY lyricist Don Black is to be honoured with a Companionship from Liverpool fame school LIPA.
The other recipients of this year's Lipa Companionships are choreographer Lea Anderson, singersongwriter Cathy Dennis, music industry lawyer Ann Harrison, record producer Trevor Horn, and Nitin Sawhney, the composer and performer.
Companionships, similar to honorary degrees, are presented to individuals in recognition of their contributions to art and entertainment.