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keep company

1. To spend time with one for the sake of companionship, or in order to keep them from being lonely. In this usage, a noun or pronoun appears between "keep" and "company." Can you keep me company for a while? I've felt so cooped up without anyone to talk to. At the very least, Trish will have her dog to keep her company on the trip.
2. To associate (with). The people you keep company with reflect greatly on your character.
3. dated To court someone. Lord Nelson has been keeping company with a commoner, and the village is astir.
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keep someone company

to sit or stay with someone, especially someone who is lonely. I kept my uncle company for a few hours. He was very grateful for someone to keep him company. He gets very lonely.
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keep company

 (with someone)
1. Lit. to spend much time with someone; to associate with or consort with someone. Bill has been keeping company with Ann for three months. Bob has been keeping company with a tough-looking bunch of boys.
2. Fig. to be courting someone. Mary and Bill are keeping company. I heard that Joe is keeping company with Jim Brown's daughter.
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keep company

1. Also, keep company with. Associate with; also, carry on a courtship. For example, He keeps company with a wild bunch, or Jack and Françoise kept company for two years before they married. [Mid-1500s]
2. keep someone company. Accompany or remain with someone, as in Mary kept Mother company while she shopped, or Do you want me to stay and keep you company? This term was originally put as bear someone company. [c. 1300]
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keep somebody ˈcompany

spend time with somebody so that they are not alone: I’ve promised to keep my sister company while her husband is away.
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keep (someone) company

To accompany or remain with.
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keep company

1. To carry on a courtship: a couple who kept company but never married.
2. To socialize or associate: keeps company with some tough thugs.
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References in classic literature ?
Why didn't you think of all this before-- you are so careless--we might have asked Miss La Creevy to keep us company or borrowed a dog, or a thousand things--but it always was the way, and was just the same with your poor dear father.
you know we are heretics, and you do not love us, nor cannot keep us company with any pleasure.
These gentle ones may keep close, but the Mohicans and I will watch upon the rock, where I suppose a major of the Sixtieth would wish to keep us company.
Come into the garden, Arnold; and let us calculate how long it will be before we get weary of each other, and want the beauties of nature to keep us company.
Transport us to other worlds, including the world of the mind, even as we bask in the nature that surrounds us, and the people who keep us company.
They help make us happier, healthier and calmer, they keep us company, and often seem to talk more sense than humans do.
Hosts Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, and The X Factor's Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes will keep us company all night.
Now for those Nicosians of us, we all know that the Constantia Open-air Cinema is already up to keep us company in the somewhat ghost city at this time of year.
We race from moment to moment, trying to do the work of three, with only our perpetual exhaustion to keep us company.
MICHAEL BUBLE'S CHRISTMAS 2014 Channel 5, 9pm Channel 5 have invited Michael Buble back to keep us company for a fourth starstudded, music-filled evening.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 Michael Buble's Christmas 2014 Channel 5, 9pm SUITED and booted and preened to perfection with a voice that booms from here to the other side of Christmas, Michael Buble never fails to put on a show-stopping performance - and that's obviously the same train of thought the leading lights at Channel 5 have had because they've invited him back to keep us company for a fourth star-studded, music-filled evening.
Dogs keep us company, make us laugh, protect us and guard our homes and property, all while asking for little in return.
Only the sheep to keep us company under an 'almost' full moon.
It was great to be in the deep forest with just the dragonflies, buzzards, trickling streams and huge pine trees to keep us company.
Jay's friend Mike, who apparently never sleeps, drove up from his home to keep us company during our long wait, and I welcomed his conversation and the hot coffee he brought.