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escort

noun es·cort \ ˈe-ˌskȯrt \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of escort

1 a (1) : a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or as a courtesy
(2) : a man who goes with a woman to a social event
(3) : a woman or a man who is hired to go with someone to a social event often used before another noun
  • an escort service/agency
b : a protective screen of warships or fighter planes or a single ship or plane used to fend off enemy attack from one or more vulnerable craft
2 : accompaniment by a person or an armed protector (such as a ship)

Examples of escort in a Sentence

  1. Visitors are not allowed to enter the building without an escort.

  2. The bombers were protected by a fighter escort.

  3. Everyone was surprised when she arrived at the party without an escort.

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Origin and Etymology of escort

Middle French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Vulgar Latin *excorrigere, from Latin ex- + corrigere to make straight, correct — more at correct

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escort

verb es·cort \ i-ˈskȯrt , e- , ˈe-ˌskȯrt \

Definition of escort

transitive verb
: to accompany as an escort

Examples of escort in a Sentence

  1. Several fighters escorted the bombers back to base.

  2. a student from the college escorted my parents and me on our tour of the campus

Recent Examples of escort from the Web

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First Known Use of escort

1708

escort Synonyms

Synonyms
attend, chaperone (or chaperon), companion, company, convoy, accompany, see, squire
Related Words
walk; associate, consort, pal (around), team (up); defend, guard, protect; bring, conduct, guide, lead, pilot, steer, usher; follow, shadow, tag, tag along, tail; hang (around), hover (over)
Near Antonyms
abandon, desert, ditch, dump, forsake

ESCORT Defined for English Language Learners

escort

verb

Definition of escort for English Language Learners

  • : to go with (someone or something) to give protection or guidance


ESCORT Defined for Kids

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escort

noun es·cort \ ˈe-ˌskȯrt \

Definition of escort for Students

1 : a person or group that accompanies someone to give protection or show courtesy
  • a police escort
2 : the man who goes with a woman to a social event

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escort

verb es·cort \ i-ˈskȯrt \

Definition of escort for Students

escorted; escorting
: to accompany someone to protect or show courtesy


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