accompany

verb
ac·​com·​pa·​ny | \ ə-ˈkəmp-nē , -ˈkämp-; -ˈkəm-pə-, -ˈkäm- \
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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The photograph accompanying this column seems to capture the ambivalence of a Speaker who felt compelled by respect for his office and hers—or by the demands of politics—to welcome Mr. Trump... James Freeman, WSJ, "Viewers, Pelosi Applaud Trump," 6 Feb. 2019 Behati generously shared behind-the-scenes footage of last night's Super Bowl while accompanying Levine for the game. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Hit Up Shake Shack and Partied After the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 The Barcelona Chair and accompanying stool were considered a modern throne. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Here’s How the Iconic Barcelona Chair Design Came to Be," 23 Jan. 2019 What better way to take your tracking to the next level than with the high-tech DrinKup ($69) and accompanying app? Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 Intricate architectural line art by Julia Rothman accompanies sweet words by Joshua David Stein; the result is a global building tour that feels both expansive and personal at the same time. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 The campaign images accompanying the launch portray the naked bodies of other women (not just the dimension-defying curves Kardashian herself), showing off their stretch marks, cellulite, and rolls. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Is Launching Two Brand-New KKW Body Fragrances," 1 Nov. 2018 The Wheeler Dealers host gushed about his girlfriend in the caption, which accompanied a sweet collage of photos of the pair. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa's Boyfriend Ant Anstead Just Posted the Sweetest Tribute," 29 Oct. 2018 Meghan Markle has been front and center on this Royal Tour, accompanying Prince Harry to dozens of events and helping him to open—and celebrate—the Invictus Games. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore an Olive Green Shirtdress to the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony," 27 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 \
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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