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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He was accompanied by the chief of Lebanon’s General Security Directorate, Maj. Time, "U.S. Resident Detained in Iran for Years Has Been Released," 11 June 2019 She is accompanied by some of her feathered and stilted performers (no combatant Prince Phillip, though). Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: Villains After Hours event spotlights the dark side," 11 June 2019 Nkemdiche has rare physical gifts but they are accompanied by a severe ambivalence toward developing them. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Kyler Murray isn't the only Cardinals first-round pick with something to prove," 11 June 2019 He was accompanied by Martínez, the attorney general, and Mari Carmen Aponte, the American ambassador. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 Rivera allegedly dropped the victim off outside Lawrence General Hospital on May 20 at around 4:47 p.m. He was accompanied by a female under the age of 16, prosecutors said at the time. Fox News, "Massachusetts man suspected in death of girl, 13, now faces rape charges," 6 June 2019 He and Sissel were accompanied by three other climbers on the trek up Kilimanjaro, including Zech Mooney, Claudio’s longtime best friend. Ysabelle Kempe,, "What does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro when you’re blind?," 5 June 2019 He is accompanied on this trip by First Lady Melania Trump, and a few other members of his family including his son Eric and Eric's wife Lara, his daughter Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Ivanka Trump Joins Her Father For a State Visit to the United Kingdom," 3 June 2019 He was accompanied by friends and family, dancing to Dhol players (traditional drummers). Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore a Red Lehenga, then a Vivienne Westwood Gown at This Indian-English Wedding," 23 May 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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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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