accompany

verb
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

The series of photos captured within churches, ones constructed from closed strip malls and houses, are accompanied with the struggles of those in the other chapters: drug abuse, poverty, familial strife. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 The carving is accompanied by music, a beer garden and a bounty of food trucks. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "The six best Colorado art festivals you’re not going to," 28 June 2019 Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older on any ride. Karina Elwood, orlandosentinel.com, "Uber makes checking rider’s age a driver’s job. After girl’s death, some don’t want that responsibility," 26 June 2019 Paddlers 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. BostonGlobe.com, "Paddling, quilts, and a citizens academy," 26 June 2019 Either way, a renters tax credit or an increase in housing voucher funding should be accompanied by policy that addresses the supply-side issue. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Democrats are proposing a renters tax credit. Would it help or hurt renters?," 24 June 2019 For example, why was Hope Hicks accompanied by so many attorneys at the hearing? Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI," 23 June 2019 This sung-through pop opera is accompanied by a full, live orchestra. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Bohemian Rhapsody movie night, comedy and more," 23 June 2019 Xinhua news agency said Xi left Thursday morning and was accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, and several Communist Party officials. Fox News, "The Latest: China's Xi arrives in North Korea to meet Kim," 20 June 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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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 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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