ac·​com·​pa·​ny | \ ə-ˈkəmp-nē How to pronounce accompany (audio) , -ˈkämp-; -ˈkəm-pə-, -ˈkäm- How to pronounce accompany (audio) \
accompanied; accompanying

Definition of accompany

transitive verb

1 : to go with as an associate or companion She accompanied me to the store.
2 : to perform an accompaniment to or for He will be accompanying her on the piano.
3a : to cause to be in association accompanied their advice with a warning
b : to be in association with the pictures that accompany the text

intransitive verb

music : to perform an accompaniment

Examples of accompany in a Sentence

She will accompany me to the store. Ten adults accompanied the class on their field trip. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult to see this movie. A delicious sauce accompanied the grilled fish. He will be accompanying her on the piano.
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First Known Use of accompany

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for accompany

Middle English accompanien "to make (someone) a companion or associate, be in company with, attend," borrowed from Anglo-French acumpainer, acompaigner "to join together, frequent, keep the company of," from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + cumpaing, cumpaignun companion entry 1

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ac·​com·​pa·​ny | \ ə-ˈkəm-pə-nē How to pronounce accompany (audio) \
accompanied; accompanying

Kids Definition of accompany

1 : to go with as a companion Four adults accompanied the children on their field trip.
2 : to play a musical accompaniment for
3 : to go or occur with Heavy winds accompanied the rain.

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