Definition of accompany in English:


Syllabification: ac·com·pa·ny
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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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