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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 ?
He certainly used to stare at it a good deal when keeping us company outside the cabin door, with one muscular arm thrown over the back of the chair, and his big shapely legs, in very tight white trousers, extended far out and ending in a pair of black shoes as roomy as punts.
They were always just keeping us company, but now, looking at them, they look frightening, like zombies.
In closing, a big shout-out to Lionel Nation, Styxhexenhammer666, Ryan Dawson and HA Goodman for keeping us company throughout this insane election cycle, providing rational and insightful commentary.
This calls for a handsome hunk and a romantic proposal even as a server flies in from one end to deliver baskets of food and drink over a zipline, with rustle of leaves, a beautiful breeze and birdsong keeping us company.
On the particular mid-February day that we took to the skies, I counted at least 43 balloons keeping us company up there.
POODLES I love dogs - they are man's best friend, Their loyalty is beyond reproach, They are there for us through thick and thin, Keeping us company both out of doors and in.
Under the starlit sky with just a few dim lights keeping us company, we sit in a mango grove sipping white wine and talking about tigers.
The whole group showed real concern for two elderly gentlemen and stayed and chatted to us, entertaining us and keeping us company for another hour while we continued to wait for the car to be recovered.
Keeping us company in his living room was his cutout of Rudy Burckhardt and the late Edwin Denby, poised in wooden folding chairs, facing one another.
Keeping us company through this week of discovery is Abdel Salam Hilweh--guide, friend and rockstar--who met us as we landed in Amman.