- 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 accompanies
Thunderous sounds announce its arrival, piercing the silence that accompanies sundown in the swampland near Boystown, Liberia.Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium
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In its own way, its story of survival is every bit as dramatic as the films it accompanies.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
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All the moralizing and gravitas that accompanies a star player being arrested should be viewed as a form of Kabuki theater.Hey NFL Fans: Ray Rice Isn’t the Problem. You Are.
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The periodic agony that accompanies sickle cell was joined by the torment of persistent eye infections and repeated surgeries.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
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The grief that accompanies it is searingly clear in the Facebook message his mother posted on Wednesday.Navy Football Player Will McKamey Died This Week From Brain Injury. Who’s to Blame?
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The clarified butter that accompanies it is excellent for fish sauce.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
To us, the perceptions of sense are inseparable from the act of the mind which accompanies them.The Republic
I have heard that it ever accompanies the last stage of my malady.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
She accompanies this with a glance that sets Luttrell's fond heart beating.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
She accompanies me on my walks and drives, in my shopping, to the play.The Choice of Life
- (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 accompanies
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