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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Trained at the elite Château de Chantilly while accompanying Jefferson on a trip to France, Hemings would later become one of only two laborers enslaved by Jefferson to negotiate his freedom. Amanda Cargill, Smithsonian, "What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?," 3 July 2018 Officers later went on to arrest the real attacker after a woman accompanying the professor was able to explain that the 50-year-old they had tackled and punched in the face was actually the victim. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A Baltimore professor was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack and then German police punched him," 13 July 2018 Music director Candida Caldicot does a terrific job accompanying the action — at turns mournful, dainty or racy — on a piano to the side of the stage. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Her pictures once accompanied stories on the cover of the New York Times Magazine. David D’arcy, SFChronicle.com, "Susan Meiselas photography retrospective at SFMOMA," 12 July 2018 In a letter accompanying the report, the United States asks the sanctions committee to notify every country in the United Nations that North Korea has breached the annual quota. David Nakamura, chicagotribune.com, "Trump releases 'nice note' from Kim Jong Un praising progress despite setbacks in talks," 12 July 2018 Can college athletes successfully sue the NCAA when they are unfairly linked to team scandals and accompanying NCAA sanctions? Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Should the NCAA Be Worried About the Lawsuit It's Facing From Former Louisville Players?," 12 July 2018 The descriptions accompanying these tees do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our site. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Walmart Was Once Again Forced to Pull an Offensive Shirt From Its Website," 12 July 2018 Many Northern Sky shows play variations on this theme of an outsider (re)discovering the good life in rural Wisconsin; many of those shows have more textured characters, compelling storylines and accompanying music than this one. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Door County theaters add stories and sparkle to summer nights," 11 July 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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