One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Accompany or spend time with someone in order to prevent them feeling lonely or bored.‘at weekends I kept my father company’
accompany, go with, go along with, travel with, tag along with, partner, escort, chaperone, attend, follow, conduct, lead, take, show, see, guide, steer, usher, pilot, convoy, help, assist, show someone the wayView synonyms
- ‘He was still single, but had an adopted son to keep him company on his travels.’
- ‘They let me take one for a small fee and I had a companion to keep me company during the day.’
- ‘And as for me, I wouldn't mind if you kept me company until your father gets here.’
- ‘And here I was hoping to keep you company in this huge lonely palace, but you already have someone to entertain you.’
- ‘But listen, don't drop by the house this weekend to keep me company or anything, alright?’
- ‘He had politely introduced himself out of the blue and spent a whole day insisting he keep me company and patiently following me around until he finally won me over with his charm.’
- ‘What she wanted to say was that she missed her family, and although the house was elegant, and the land and horses were her dream, times were lonely without someone there to keep her company.’
- ‘Now it was simply to spend a bit more time with her, to keep her company and just to make up for all the time she hadn't been there.’
- ‘You asked me to sit with you, to keep you company because you were lonely.’
- ‘And now Poppy has a new companion to keep her company.’
- 1.1 Engage in the same activity as someone else in order to be sociable.‘I'll have a drink myself, just to keep you company’
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