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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.
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."
Every passing day with nought but silence to keep us company set the alarm on countdown.
economy and cutting our prosperity because they think it will save the planet, China will not pull over by the side of the road to keep us company. They will go roaring right on by.
So some of us went off "home" to parents or in-laws, some of us stayed in station -- if children were in school -- and brought family in to keep us company, and some like me, continued as we were, going about our office or teaching jobs and returning to an empty house or meeting up with new friends in similar situations, experiencing camaraderie we had not expected, or revelling in our solitude and discovering aspects of ourselves we had never known existed.
The morning after she died, my other Grandmother Lola Juana (who had stayed behind to keep us company), found me asleep on the floor.
Meanwhile Bimbo sent some friends of hers to keep us company: Tejiri and Belit.
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.
There weren't any tables but they gave us a spot at the bar, where we ordered a couple of cocktails - a Ghetto Geisha (PS6.50) and a Japanese Stiletto (PS8.50) 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.