keep company

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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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Indeed, this book is filled with poems that sing and cry, and while doing so they echo with "an ancient call" that keeps us company when we search for God, watch "cumulus clouds rising above a death camp," or free the "soul's wilderness" to spread "like milkweed / in the garden plot that no one owns.
The Dafydd and Caryl programme always keeps us company on the way to school, in fact the radio is always on, especially in the car, when I take the children to swimming lessons, karate, performing school, the Urdd, and football lessons - I''m a busy mum and taxi driver
I'll miss the eagles, which nest 1/4 mile from the cabin, and the herd of antelope that keeps us company sometimes.
It keeps us company in the car, functions as a soothing or inspiring soundtrack at work, helps us chill out at home and still sounds great coming over the loudspeakers at the mall or when we're laying on the beach.