keep company

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v keep company be a companion to somebody
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • Keep company to associate with: to court
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Quotations

  • Tryon Edwards
    Tryon%20Edwards
    “We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.”
  • Paxton Hood
    Paxton Hood
    “Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “People are know by the company they keep. Companies are known by the people they keep.”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.”
  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    “Women serve but to keep a man from better company.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. compagnie. See Companion.

Usage

In literature:

He was booked for a "Stag," he said with a yawn, or he would stay and keep him company.
"Peter" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Look at the company she keeps.
"The Secret Passage" by Fergus Hume
But I've na' lads to keep thee company, only one sprig of a wench.
"Sylvia's Lovers, Vol. I" by Elizabeth Gaskell
The widow-woman was to come and stay in the house, to keep Sylvia company, during her mother's absence.
"Sylvia's Lovers, Vol. II" by Elizabeth Gaskell
But I've na' lads to keep thee company, only one sprig of a wench.
"Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
But, although he remained with the company, he preferred keeping as distant as possible from Anna.
"Finger Posts on the Way of Life" by T. S. Arthur
We are judged by the company we keep.
"After a Shadow, and Other Stories" by T. S. Arthur
But, then, that's no reason why I should keep company with my shoemaker's wife, is it?
"Home Lights and Shadows" by T. S. Arthur
You must keep the countess company.
"The Clique of Gold" by Emile Gaboriau
But don't you think her to blame in refusing to keep Mrs. Jones's company, or even to speak to her?
"Off-Hand Sketches" by T. S. Arthur
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In poetry:

"Yet follow me, my feiries five,
And see of me ye keep good ray;
And the worst cloak o' this companie
I hope shall cross the Waste this day."
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
A vowed patrol, in silent companies,
Life-long they keep before the living Christ.
In the dim church, their prayers and penances
Are fragrant incense to the Sacrificed.
"Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
And these things then shall keep me company:
The elfins of the dew; the spirit of laughter
Who haunts the wind; the god of melody
Who sings within the stream, that reaches after
"Moly" by Madison Julius Cawein
And ANNIE answered, blushing in an interesting way,
"You think, no doubt, I'm sighing for that felon PETER GRAY:
That I was his young woman is unquestionably true,
But not since I began a-keeping company with you."
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Here's goodly company with me riding,
Though oft they cunningly keep in hiding;
But when you saw me so Sunday-glad,
It was because of the mates I had.
And when you heard me so softly singing,
The tones attuned to their hearts were ringing.
"Those With Me" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The flood-tide will not reach to the silence of my kitchen; though
many are my company in the darkness, a hand has been laid upon them
all. My flood-tide! It is well I have kept my knowledge. It is Jesus
Son of Mary keeps me happy at the ebb-tide.
"The Hag Of Beare" by Lady Augusta Gregory

In news:

Keep working your hardest, modify your business or start another one, and you may graduate from this demanding school of business with a company you can be proud of.
The company had the necessary state and federal permits to keep the bears.
FORT MYERS — A top Immokalee produce company faces a federal whistleblower lawsuit after an ex-employee alleged it hired illegal aliens and offered him a five-figure sum to keep quiet.
If the Mountain View, Calif.-based company has any issues, it might be trying to keep up with the growth.
The Atlanta Falcons coach is starting to keep some heady company.
"We tell people they can't keep the oil for free," says Frank Greene, director of Food and Standards at the state Department of Consumer, the division that oversees heating-oil companies, gasoline stations and propane dealers.
The Olsen Fish Company keeps tradition alive.
National land management officials and oil companies alike are keeping an eye on the western portion of Niobrara County.
Billed as the next generation of lip care and sun protection, the SKUs are made purely to keep lips soft and beautiful all year long, contends the company.
Companies of every size and kind are making the transition to an integrated infrastructure as a way to implement cloud computing, streamline their business and keep costs down.
New survey shows more companies willing to keep defined benefit pension plans open.
Jill "The Almost Invisible Intern " is keeping you company over the weekend.
International Paper settled with Memphis and Shelby County leaders on an incentive package that will induce the company to keep its headquarters in Memphis and expand.
InventHelp®, America's largest invention submission company, announces that one of its clients, an inventor from Florida, has designed an accessory that could keep harsh hair products off of the arms of a pair of glasses.
Mining companies facing an uncertain economic outlook and rising costs need to keep invest .
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In science:

She was always willing to snuggle with me and keep me company during the long, lonely nights at home.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
One should however keep in mind that the recommendations of most of these companies may not be independent of their own interest, as for example the fact that JP Morgan, Merril Lynch and Barclays Capital are underwriters of the IPO (see Dechow et al. (2000); Michaely and Womack (1999)).
When games meet reality: is Zynga overvalued?
The PMI-IR algorithm, like LSA, is based on co-occurrence . The core idea is that “a word is characterized by the company it keeps ” .
Mining the Web for Synonyms: PMI-IR versus LSA on TOEFL
Moreover, we suppose that the insurance company has a minimal reserve m as its guarantee fund to protect insureds and attract sufficient number of policy holders, that is, the company needs to keep its reserve above m.
Optimal dividend and investing control of a insurance company with higher solvency constraints
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