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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The convention center's infrastructure also played a role in landing the game and its accompanying hoopla. Marc Bona,, "All-Star Game aftermath: ‘Sports can be a calling card for a city’," 12 July 2019 Or, rather, her younger sister (Lu Hong), who accompanies Nai Nai to her medical appointment, hears the bad news and decides to tell everyone in the family except Nai Nai, who may have only a few months to live. New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Farewell,’ a Sham Wedding Is Really a Premature Funeral," 11 July 2019 In the show, Parr takes audiences on a tour of his collection of magical artifacts, with stories and tricks accompanying each of them. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, starting with Bastille Days," 11 July 2019 In the week leading up to the plane crash there were also questions about whether Carolyn would accompany John to the Hyannis Port wedding of his cousin Rory Kennedy, the youngest of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s children. Adrienne Gaffney, Town & Country, "The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy," 9 July 2019 According to the Patrouille Suisse's official Twitter account, the planes were due to perform for 15 minutes from 11 a.m. The demonstration would have accompanied a memorial service and musical entertainment, Langenbruck's official website said. CNN, "Swiss aerial display team performs over wrong festival after losing its way," 9 July 2019 From the evidence of this summer, there's a paralyzing lack of creativity accompanying a growing awareness that many of the blockbuster franchises that have defined the past decade or so are either officially done for or on the wane. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Summer 2019's Sad, Stale State of the Movies," 8 July 2019 The maneuver reduced Anderson's cap hit to $5.2 million for 2019-20, but added accompanying identical cap hits to the Heat's 2020 and 2021 payrolls, offseasons the Heat are expected to be active in attempting to land talent to complement Butler. Ira Winderman,, "Heat go all in for Jimmy Butler, taking on additional future cap hit," 7 July 2019 The Concert Choir has been performing for over 60 years with a mix of musical styles and periods, accompanied and unaccompanied. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "College offers community events to introduce locals to community leaders," 5 July 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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The first known use of accompany was in the 15th century

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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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