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escort

[ noun es-kawrt; verb ih-skawrt ]
/ noun ˈɛs kɔrt; verb ɪˈskɔrt /
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noun

a group of persons, or a single person, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, or courtesy: An escort of sailors accompanied the queen.
an armed guard, as a body of soldiers or ships: The president traveled with a large escort of motorcycle police.
a man or boy who accompanies a woman or girl in public, as to a social event.
protection, safeguard, or guidance on a journey: to travel without escort.

verb (used with object)

to attend or accompany as an escort.

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Origin of escort

1570–80; <French <Italian scorta, derivative of scorgere to conduct <Vulgar Latin *excorrigere.See ex-1, correct
5. See accompany.
un·es·cort·ed, adjectivewell-es·cort·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for escort

escort

noun (ˈɛskɔːt)

one or more persons, soldiers, vehicles, etc, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, restraint, or as a mark of honour
a man or youth who accompanies a woman or girlhe was her escort for the evening
  1. a person, esp a young woman, who may be hired to accompany another for entertainment, etc
  2. (as modifier)an escort agency

verb (ɪsˈkɔːt)

(tr) to accompany or attend as an escort
C16: from French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Latin corrigere to straighten; see correct
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