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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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Staff have left notes on tables which said: "We would just like to say a massive THANK YOU to our guests that have kept us company over the years and our regulars who have helped us shape the pub to what it is today, both me and the team will miss you all dearly."
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Yes, very much the same as the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, downcast and sad, but not on the road back to Emmaus, because if there was one thing Tata had taught us when she kept us company in our journey, it was to be our best-
While swans, geese and dabbling ducks kept us company for much of the way that day, the high-pitched cries of parakeets filled the skies.
While the dry mountain range kept us company throughout, on the other side, amid the arid land, were patches of cotton fields and a sight of a big industrial complex once in a while.
It's a chance to say farewell to some old mates who've Kept us company all summer.
She hung out with the dog under the porch on hot days and kept us company in the garden.
As the three of us took our seats, a fantastic CD, Music to Watch Girls By, ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon, started playing in the background and Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and, of course, Andy Williams kept us company for the next hour or so.
"A poor lonely German without boots or socks and shot through both legs kept us company. German aeroplanes spot us .
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