Definition of accompany in English:

accompany

Line breaks: ac¦com|pany
Pronunciation: /əˈkʌmpəni
 
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verb (accompanies, accompanying, accompanied)

[with object]
1Go somewhere with (someone) as a companion or escort: the two sisters were to accompany us to London
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.
Synonyms
go with, go along with, travel with, keep someone company, tag along with, partner, escort, chaperone, attend, follow, conduct, lead, take, show, see, guide, steer, usher, pilot, convoy, help, assist, show someone the way; lead the way; Scottishchum
2Be present or occur at the same time as (something else): the illness is often accompanied by nausea (as adjective accompanying) the accompanying documentation
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
occur with, co-occur with, coincide with, coexist with, go with, go along with, go together with, go hand in hand with, appear with; be associated with, be connected with, be linked with, attend, be concomitant with, supplement, complement, belong to; be caused by, result from, arise from, follow, be a consequence of
2.1Provide a complement or addition to: home-cooked ham accompanied by brown bread
More example sentences
  • 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: he would play his violin, and Mother used to accompany him on our organ
More 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.
Synonyms
back, play a musical accompaniment for, play with, play for, support

Origin

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.

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