accompany

verb
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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It is accompanied by her wedding earrings and a silk replica of her bouquet. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Reveals That Her Wedding Reception Gown Was Inspired By Grace Kelly," 28 Feb. 2019 Sometimes he was even accompanied by his famous beloved cat, Choupette. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karl Lagerfeld Passes Away in Paris," 19 Feb. 2019 At other times, it was accompanied by a set of dancers directed by Belgo-French choreographer Damien Jalet, who’s been involved in similarly otherworldly projects like Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "A No-Show: Rag & Bone Unveils its New Collection With a Futuristic Dinner," 9 Feb. 2019 It may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as heavy bleeding, nausea, vomiting, faintness, dizziness, weakness, rapid breathing, and fever, according to HHS. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst," 28 Jan. 2019 He was accompanied by his lawyers and his partner, Georgina Rodriguez. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, "Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty to tax fraud at Madrid court," 22 Jan. 2019 But now he's accompanied by, among others, an overdosing heroin addict, a woman beaten to death by her cop partner, and a woman who turned out to not really exist at all when the travelers discover her life story was a fabrication. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Get your binge on: Season 3 of sci-fi gem Travelers is out now," 14 Dec. 2018 Plus, it can be accompanied by fatigue and exhaustion. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here Are All The Signs That You Might Have Mono AKA “The Kissing Disease”," 29 Nov. 2018 In the past, he's been accompanied by Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, a writer from the staff, or even his own assistant. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Watch Chrissy Teigen Almost Lose It Going Through a Haunted House on Ellen," 25 Oct. 2018

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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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accompany

verb

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)

accompany

verb
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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