Definition of accompany in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkəmp(ə)nē/

verb (accompanies, accompanying, accompanied)

[with object]
1Go somewhere with (someone) as a companion or escort: the two sisters were to accompany us to New York he was at the banquet accompanied by his daughter
More example sentences
  • He had refused to allow even one companion to accompany him, arguing that he would be perfectly safe.
  • Though she wouldn't admit it to herself, she was secretly glad to have a companion to accompany her on her long journey.
  • The situation is so serious that a police escort accompanies us off the plane.
go with, travel with, keep someone company, tag along with, hang out with;
partner, escort, chaperone, attend, show, see, usher, conduct
2Be present or occur at the same time as (something else): the illness is often accompanied by nausea (as adjective accompanying) the accompanying documentation
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  • Nausea or vomiting often accompanies the pain, which is visceral in origin and occurs as a result of distension of the gallbladder due to an obstruction or to the passage of a stone through the cystic duct.
  • Nausea and dizziness often accompany these reactions, indicating a reduction of the output of blood from the heart.
  • Nausea accompanies many causes of abdominal pain.
occur with, co-occur with, coexist with, go with, go together with, go hand in hand with, appear with, be attended by
2.1Provide (something) as a complement or addition to something else: home-cooked ham accompanied by brown bread
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  • We settled for the beef and the chicken dish, which was accompanied by ham.
  • The fries were hot but much too salty, and the tossed salad accompanying the Philly was brown and limp.
  • The generous portion of shrimp was covered in a delicious spicy brown sauce and accompanied by a plain white bun.
3Play a musical accompaniment for.
Example sentences
  • Dantone and his ensemble of 18 musicians accompany Scholl with dynamism.
  • Sigrid accompanies the Bryan Chorale and serves as pianist at Hixson Presbyterian Church.
  • The dazzlingly choreographed fireworks performances will be accompanied by a musical programme.
back, play with, play for, support


Late Middle English: from Old French accompagner, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + compagne, from Old French compaignon 'companion'. The spelling change was due to association with company.

  • companion from Middle English:

    A companion is literally ‘a person who you eat bread with’. The word comes from Old French compaignon, from Latin com- ‘together with’ and panis ‘bread’. Other English words that derive from panis include pannier (Middle English), pastille (mid 17th century) a ‘little loaf’ of something, and pantry (Middle English). Company (Middle English) and accompany (Late Middle English) come from the same root.

Words that rhyme with accompany


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Syllabification: ac·com·pa·ny

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