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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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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Recent Examples on the Web As summer hit, the number of families and unaccompanied migrant children seeking to cross the border declined amid soaring desert temperatures — an annual decrease that immigration authorities have come to expect. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Migrant children facility in Homestead, Florida, to close," 29 Oct. 2019 The organization serves a range of clients—unaccompanied children, single adults, and families—but its employees are majority female, and women hold most of the leadership positions. Kimberly Meyer, Glamour, "The Women of RAICES Are Giving Immigrants a Voice," 25 Oct. 2019 This includes vulnerable populations, such as members of the LGBTQ community who face persecution in Mexico, unaccompanied children, and people with serious health issues. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remain in Mexico: Migrants who may not be subject to policy continue to end up in Mexico," 14 Oct. 2019 In May, the chief officer for the Asylum Division with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services diminished key protections for unaccompanied minor children. Karla Mari Mckanders, The Conversation, "The Supreme Court and refugees at the southern border: 5 questions answered," 7 Oct. 2019 Most have been families from Afghanistan and Syria, Cheshirkov said, adding that there was particular concern about the swelling ranks of unaccompanied refugee children. BostonGlobe.com, "Human rights groups and others have long described the conditions at the camps as dangerous and inhumane, and the fires Sunday ratcheted up tensions that were already high and have been exacerbated by clashes between different ethnic groups.," 1 Oct. 2019 Cinderblock walls are painted pastel colors, said officials, who added that the facilities are run by private prison operators, not humanitarian organizations, as is the case with shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children. Fox News, "ICE: Texas detention center to house migrant families again," 23 Sep. 2019 Women, children and unaccompanied minors were put on an Italian coast guard vessel, while men were taken aboard a customs police boat, so all could be brought to Lampedusa’s dock. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 14 Sep. 2019 Judge Gee is expected to receive filings about the regulation from both the government and lawyers for the nation's unaccompanied minors late Friday. Graham Kates, CBS News, "More than 20 organizations ask judge to block indefinite detainment of migrant children," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unaccompanied

1545, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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“Unaccompanied.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccompanied. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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