un·​ac·​com·​pa·​nied | \ ˌən-ə-ˈkəmp-nēd How to pronounce unaccompanied (audio) , -ˈkämp-; -ˈkəm-pə-, -ˈkäm- How to pronounce unaccompanied (audio) \

Definition of unaccompanied

: not accompanied especially : being without instrumental accompaniment

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alone, lone, lonely, lonesome, single, solitary, solo



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Examples of unaccompanied in a Sentence

He attended the party unaccompanied. Unaccompanied children are not allowed in the store. All we've had from him is a lot of talk unaccompanied by any real effort to solve the problem. a piece written for an unaccompanied cello
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After changes in policy indicated that children may have an easier time, nearly 70,000 unaccompanied minors, and a roughly equal number of parents with young children, applied for asylum in the United States in 2014. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Trump Is Vulnerable to Biden on Immigration," 11 June 2019 Between October 2013 and July 2015, nearly eighty thousand unaccompanied minors from Central America were detained by US authorities along the Mexican border. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 In the nearby village of Tizamarte, Juan de León Gutiérrez, 16 and no relation, made a similar decision, seeing the only escape from misery in fleeing as an unaccompanied minor. Washington Post, "Guatemalans still risk migration despite child deaths in US," 6 June 2019 Funding for programming at detention centers holding unaccompanied minors is being cut by President Donald Trump’s administration, The Washington Post reported. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Cutting Funding for Education, Legal Services, and Recreation Activities at Migrant Youth Shelters," 6 June 2019 In 2014, during the last wave of unaccompanied minors, more than 137,000 children and family members were arrested. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "Eagle Pass erects migrant tents amid massive migrant surge," 5 June 2019 Department of Homeland Security officials said 58,474 people were traveling in families, 31,606 were single adults and 8,897 were unaccompanied children. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "U.S. Border Patrol Reports Another Surge of Arrests at Southern Border," 8 May 2019 The suit was filed on behalf of five minors who range in age from 12 to 17 and hail from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and who are considered unaccompanied. Meredith Mandell /, NBC News, "Lawsuit challenges 'jail-like' detention of migrant children," 30 June 2018 The systematic practice of handing adults to the custody of United States marshals for criminal prosecution separated families because their children cannot be held in custody and thus were considered unaccompanied. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Due Process for Undocumented Immigrants, Explained," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of unaccompanied

1545, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unaccompanied was in 1545

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English Language Learners Definition of unaccompanied

: without another person
: not together with something specified
music : played or sung without another musical instrument or singer

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