- 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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Related Wordsfollow, guide, attend, escort, lead, add, characterize, spook, convoy, guard, consort, chaperon, squire, dog, drag, draft, conduct, date, usher, shadow
Examples from the Web for accompany
He subsequently asked a reporter to accompany him as he dared to share his story with the police for the first time.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys
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The coroner would also note the tiny hemorrhages that accompany strangulation.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
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His book openly and honestly explores the spiritual issues that accompany great suffering.Book Bag: Reading Your Way Out Of Grief
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And also, for what reason about 30 military vehicles that accompany the convoy have no plates on them.Putin’s “Humanitarian” Convoy Nears Ukraine, APCs Cross in Secret
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To accompany breakfast or lunch, there's hibiscus lavender tea or locally roasted Bumper Crop coffee.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café
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At midnight, Pericles came, to accompany Anaxagoras to Salamis.
The laws of the country made it impossible to accompany her beloved husband.
The sauce to use depends on the dessert that it is to accompany.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
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He had felt relieved rather than disappointed when Yates refused to accompany him.In the Midst of Alarms
Captain Cole volunteered to accompany them with a dozen sowars.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
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- (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 accompany
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