keep company with

idiomatic phrase

Definition of keep company with

: to spend time with (someone) He keeps company with the rich and famous. " … But if you keep company with a disloyal man, we might think that you were disloyal, too. See?"— Arthur Conan Doyle (old-fashioned) She's been keeping company with a young man. = A young man has been keeping company with her. [=They have been spending time together in a way that shows romantic interest.] [Charlie] Chaplin continued making great movies, but the original innocence began to wane. Once he started keeping company with the likes of Albert Einstein and George Bernard Shaw, he wanted to make masterpieces, at times spending weeks on filming a single shot.The Associated Press sometimes used figuratively In her garden, roses keep company with lilies.

First Known Use of keep company with

1502, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About keep company with

Time Traveler for keep company with

Time Traveler

The first known use of keep company with was in 1502

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near keep company with

keep body and soul together

keep company with

keep count

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for keep company with

Cite this Entry

“Keep company with.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!