accompany

[ uh-kuhm-puh-nee ]
/ əˈkʌm pə ni /

verb (used with object), ac·com·pa·nied, ac·com·pa·ny·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), ac·com·pa·nied, ac·com·pa·ny·ing.

to provide the musical accompaniment.

Origin of accompany

1425–75; late Middle English accompanye < Middle French accompagnier. See ac-, company

Related forms

non·ac·com·pa·ny·ing, adjectivere·ac·com·pa·ny, verb (used with object), re·ac·com·pa·nied, re·ac·com·pa·ny·ing.well-ac·com·pa·nied, adjective

Synonym study

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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British Dictionary definitions for accompany

accompany

/ (əˈkʌmpənɪ, əˈkʌmpnɪ) /

verb -nies, -nying or -nied

(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)

Derived Forms

accompanier, noun

Word Origin for accompany

C15: from Old French accompaignier, from compaing companion 1
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