Definition of keep someone company in US English:

keep someone company

(also bear someone company)


  • 1Accompany or spend time with someone in order to prevent them from feeling lonely or bored.

    • ‘He was still single, but had an adopted son to keep him company on his travels.’
    • ‘You asked me to sit with you, to keep you company because you were lonely.’
    • ‘They let me take one for a small fee and I had a companion to keep me company during the day.’
    • ‘But listen, don't drop by the house this weekend to keep me company or anything, alright?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And as for me, I wouldn't mind if you kept me company until your father gets here.’
    • ‘And now Poppy has a new companion to keep her company.’
    • ‘And here I was hoping to keep you company in this huge lonely palace, but you already have someone to entertain you.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 way
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    1. 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’