- to go along or in company with; join in action: to accompany a friend on a walk.
- to be or exist in association or company with: Thunder accompanies lightning.
- to put in company with; cause to be or go along; associate (usually followed by with): He accompanied his speech with gestures.
- Music. to play or sing an accompaniment to or for.
- to provide the musical accompaniment.
Origin of accompany
1. Accompany, attend, convoy, escort mean to go along with someone (or something). To accompany is to go along as an associate on equal terms: to accompany a friend on a shopping trip. Attend implies going along with, usually to render service or perform duties: to attend one's employer on a business trip. To convoy is to accompany (especially ships) with an armed guard for protection: to convoy a fleet of merchant vessels. To escort is to accompany in order to protect, guard, honor, or show courtesy: to escort a visiting dignitary.
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Examples from the Web for accompanied
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Accompanied by one of the blacks, Eyre went on in advance to find water.
Left Colona, accompanied by Police-trooper Richards and party.
The wind was strong from the westward, accompanied with light showers all day.
He accompanied her to the foot of the stairs and lit her candle.Viviette
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I could have wished they might not have accompanied this letter, but there is not great matter in that.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- (tr) to go along with, so as to be in company with or escort
- (tr foll by with) to supplementthe food is accompanied with a very hot mango pickle
- (tr) to occur, coexist, or be associated with
- to provide a musical accompaniment for (a performer)
C15: from Old French accompaignier, from compaing companion 1
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Word Origin and History for accompanied
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