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 So, too, could accompanying games including Pokémon Sword and Shield, Death Stranding and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Here's how December 27 beats Black Friday and Cyber Monday for electronics deals," 29 Nov. 2019 Multimedia staffers Michael Clevenger, Matt Stone, Dustin Strupp and Sam Upshaw accompanied the reporters, shooting video and photos to visually capture the depth of CJNG's presence., "Why is The Courier Journal reporting on a deadly Mexican drug cartel? Because it's here," 25 Nov. 2019 Tillman’s essay accompanies Drabble’s photographs of an American teenager named Roy taken between 1998 and 2005. Lynne Tillman, Harper's magazine, "Roy Meets World," 25 Nov. 2019 The photographer Gabriel Ellison-Scowcroft accompanied the family to document this unique rite of faith. Smithsonian, "The Inspiring Monk Who Lived in a New Mexico Cave," 22 Nov. 2019 Polar bear encounters are taken very seriously — researchers on the ice must be accompanied by armed guards, and must scramble to safety if a bear is sighted. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Stuck in Arctic Ice, Dodging Polar Bears. All for Science.," 22 Nov. 2019 The photo accompanied a story about the Carpinteria Unified School District accepting $189,000 from a cannabis growers association to hire a middle school mental health counselor. Joe Mozingo,, "Marijuana growers in Santa Barbara County gain political clout," 17 Nov. 2019 Feelings of camaraderie and élan accompany the sense of being part of a rising ideological tide. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "What Do Republican Voters Want?," 16 Nov. 2019 Later that summer, during the Queen's Diamond Jubliee, Camilla accompanied the Queen on a carriage ride during one of the event's processionals. Morgan Evans, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' Royal Romance," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Accompany.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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How to pronounce accompany (audio) How to pronounce accompany (audio)

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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