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 There's even a cookbook After the movie came out, so many people asked for recipes that Flagg ended up writing a cookbook to accompany the film. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Things Even Die-Hard Fried Green Tomatoes Fans Don’t Know," 6 Feb. 2021 The New Orleans Film Society is also presenting virtual events to accompany in-person screenings. Staff Report,, "Sundance 'Satellite Screens' bring a dozen world premieres to New Orleans," 24 Jan. 2021 Dejounte Murray scooted for a career-best 29 points to accompany seven rebounds and seven assists, while DeMar DeRozan shrugged off a slow start to notch 23 points. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Becky Hammon makes history as Spurs fall to Lakers," 30 Dec. 2020 Artist Derrick Adams was commissioned to create a painting to accompany the following poem by Nikki Giovanni, a civil rights icon and a leader in the Black Arts Movement. Nikki Giovanni, Bon Appétit, "On Revolution, and Repose," 1 Dec. 2020 The band recorded a video with Snow to accompany the song, and vocalist-guitarist Joe Welch recalled that day in a Facebook post Wednesday. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "James Snow, who entertained by dancing at 38th and College, dies at 77," 2 Oct. 2020 Department officials have so far refused Cruz’s request to allow the media to accompany senators this week. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Cruz asks Biden to stop blocking media access to overwhelmed border facilities," 22 Mar. 2021 Another brand-new character, media titan Morgan Edge, had sent Jimmy to accompany the Newsboys on a journey that introduces them to all kinds of new proper nouns. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "The King’s Gambit," 18 Mar. 2021 Enhanced Playlist features never-before-seen original concept art and storyboards from Interstella 5555, Discovery’s animated companion film, as well as short clips from the movie to accompany each song. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "Spotify Marks 20th Anniversary of Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ With Enhanced Playlist," 12 Mar. 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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7 Apr 2021

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“Accompany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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