ac·​com·​pa·​ny ə-ˈkəmp-nē How to pronounce accompany (audio)
-ˈkäm- How to pronounce accompany (audio)
accompanied; accompanying

transitive verb

: to go with as an associate or companion
She accompanied me to the store.
: to perform an accompaniment to or for
He will be accompanying her on the piano.
: to cause to be in association
accompanied their advice with a warning
: to be in association with
the pictures that accompany the text

intransitive verb

music : to perform an accompaniment

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of accompany was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Accompany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ac·​com·​pa·​ny ə-ˈkəmp-(ə-)nē How to pronounce accompany (audio)
accompanied; accompanying
: to go with or attend as a companion
: to perform an accompaniment to or for
: to occur at the same time as or along with
a thunderstorm accompanied by high winds

Middle English accompanien "to accompany," from early French acompaigner (same meaning), from a- "to" and cumpaing "companion," from Latin companio "companion" — related to companion, company

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