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 Moderately high seas are expected to accompany the cold front, with open ocean swells of over four feet predicted to move south past the Bahama shadow and into the waters around Southern Palm Beach County, Broward and Miami-Dade. Mario Ariza,, "Get ready for a taste of winter — South Florida style," 27 Nov. 2020 Yes, send the gift, and yes, accompany it with a humorous — and apologetic — letter. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Male friends keep taking over my grill," 18 Nov. 2020 Three photos accompany the tweet — two of Faltys speaking without a mask and one of the audience, in which no one appeared to be wearing a mask. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Outgoing Carroll ISD superintendent tweets pictures of gathering where no one appears to be wearing masks," 12 Nov. 2020 However, in a case where someone is reported to have a weapon, or is exhibiting violent behavior, an NYPD officer will accompany the mental health professionals. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces mental health professionals will respond to some 911 calls instead of police," 12 Nov. 2020 Duncan did not accompany the Spurs to the NBA restart bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, over the summer. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Tim Duncan steps down as Spurs assistant coach, will remain with organization, per report," 12 Nov. 2020 The latter is slated to accompany mussels in a riff on a classic clam pie. Janelle Bitker,, "San Francisco's getting an ambitious new pizzeria that centers pies made with food waste," 17 Nov. 2020 Adrian got Asian American singers, rappers, and dance crews to accompany his presentations. Suki Kim, The New Yorker, "The Underground Movement Trying to Topple the North Korean Regime," 16 Nov. 2020 Then came the haircut heard around the world, an above-neck transformation chosen to accompany Styles's role in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "A Look Back at Harry Styles’s Iconic Hair Evolution," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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2 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accompany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for accompany


How to pronounce accompany (audio) How to pronounce accompany (audio)

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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