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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Over the past year, the group has been working on obtaining, and then readying for use a new trailer that will accompany volunteers to events. cleveland, "Tri-Community CERT, with its new trailer ready, looks forward to serving residents at summer affairs; could be involved in COVID vaccine dispensing," 19 Dec. 2020 The same could be true for the use of technology and the advances that will undoubtedly accompany the global movement in the years ahead. Lauren E. Oakes, Scientific American, "The Real Cost of Planting Trees," 29 Jan. 2021 Green, who has been another coach of sorts to Wiseman this season, wanted his 19-year-old protégé to feel the good vibes that should accompany a job well done. Connor Letourneau,, "James Wiseman outduels Anthony Edwards in Warriors’ win over Timberwolves," 27 Jan. 2021 Parsons also comments on the tensions that frequently accompany the creative process. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Danielle LoPresti’s ‘love letter to the world’," 21 Jan. 2021 Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President began a day of celebrations that look much different than the traditional events that accompany the swearing-in of a president. oregonlive, "How to watch ‘Parade Across America,’ virtual inaugural celebration featuring Jon Stewart, New Radicals, more," 20 Jan. 2021 After 3½ dormant years, Steamboat—named for the billowing plumes of vapor that accompany its eruptions—was back at it, prompting scientists to ask three questions about the Yellowstone National Park gusher. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The World’s Tallest Geyser Holds On to Some Secrets," 15 Jan. 2021 Alterman narrates the story of their evolving relationship, detailing all the mortifying moments that accompany discovering that your father writes pornographic books. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "11 Audiobooks to Lighten the Mood This Dreary Winter," 15 Jan. 2021 And if a gut reaction to food antigens persists after infection abates, that could explain the pain and cramping that often accompany a meal. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "What causes IBS pain? It may be a local immune reaction," 13 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of accompany was in the 15th century

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18 Feb 2021

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“Accompany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accompany

: to go somewhere with (someone) : to be a companion for (someone)
: to go together with (something) : to be included with (something)
: to happen or occur at the same time as or along with (something)


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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