- 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 accompanying
These were cops who had worked the protests and suffered the accompanying verbal taunts and abuse.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
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“Our hearts and our prayers are with you,” read a message on the accompanying card.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
The accompanying 184 page catalogue includes 154 photos, of which 150 have not previously been published.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
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The accompanying music video, which he directed, won the MTV2 Award at the VMAs.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
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December 8, 2014
Kate will be accompanying Prince William to New York and Washington DC for a three-day visit early next month.Tearful Kate Weeps After Meeting Mother Whose Baby Died
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"Good-night, captain," said the superintendent, accompanying him to the door.Brave and Bold
There is an interesting study in the accompanying illustration.
All the details of construction are shown in the accompanying illustration.
With accompanying gen.: wges heard, strong in battle, 887; dat.
With accompanying gen.: wīges heard, strong in battle, 887; dat.
- (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 accompanying
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