Definition of accompany in English:

accompany

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Go somewhere with (someone) as a companion or escort:

    ‘the two sisters were to accompany us to London’
    • ‘Nancy's sister and father accompany her to the wedding, for Godfrey is suddenly out of town.’
    • ‘No guides accompanied us as we descended down a spiral staircase and into the past of Dubai.’
    • ‘He asked the lady's daughter to accompany him to his car as he was afraid of the people screaming at him.’
    • ‘Knowledgeable local guides will accompany us, and we'll stay in varied accommodations.’
    • ‘One of her daughters insisted on accompanying her to the police station.’
    • ‘She was accompanied by her older sister, who was also never known for her punctuality.’
    • ‘For the first six miles he was accompanied by his daughter, and then he was alone.’
    • ‘The situation is so serious that a police escort accompanies us off the plane.’
    • ‘He jokes around with the young aide accompanying him on his travels, but he is not interested in talking about himself.’
    • ‘When you sign up for kayak sea tours, an experienced guide always accompanies you to help you if you have problems.’
    • ‘He had refused to allow even one companion to accompany him, arguing that he would be perfectly safe.’
    • ‘Jim was accompanied by his daughter Michelle, an employee at City Hall, New York City.’
    • ‘The man I am doing business with has asked I accompany him and his daughter out for the night and I couldn't say no.’
    • ‘For the duration of our trip, either our escorts accompanied us or we were under police security.’
    • ‘Though she wouldn't admit it to herself, she was secretly glad to have a companion to accompany her on her long journey.’
    • ‘She was his constant companion throughout his career, accompanying him on his travels through the United States and abroad.’
    • ‘June 1980: Camilla accompanies Charles as his official escort to Zimbabwean independence celebrations.’
    • ‘His sister Catherine accompanies him on all his shoots and Robin Tunney, currently starring in Vertical Limit, met them in Texas during American Outlaws.’
    • ‘Mariam is happy that she accompanied her six-year-old grand daughter Neha to the festival.’
    • ‘She was accompanied by her daughters the Queen and Princess Margaret to the event at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.’
    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
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  • 2Be present or occur at the same time as (something else):

    ‘the illness is often accompanied by nausea’
    ‘the accompanying documentation’
    • ‘Although these sort of behaviors or consequences often accompany addiction, they are neither always present or inevitable.’
    • ‘Which brings us to the more important question: Why has Africa always been so sensitive to drought, and the resulting famine that often accompanies it?’
    • ‘At first she thought it was thunder, but she soon noticed white gas appearing in her room accompanied by a bad smell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can produce a severe whirling sensation accompanied by nausea and vomiting.’
    • ‘A bull market usually accompanies expectations of widespread good corporate results.’
    • ‘Nausea and dizziness often accompany these reactions, indicating a reduction of the output of blood from the heart.’
    • ‘Sometimes the illness is accompanied by a rash of red or purple spots.’
    • ‘Nausea accompanies many causes of abdominal pain.’
    • ‘The nausea that accompanies pregnancy discourages the mother from eating toxic substances that may harm her baby.’
    • ‘The aetiology is different in both cases and the muscle spasms that accompany these dysfunctions are not always present in osteoporosis.’
    • ‘The letters are presented in chronological order with accompanying annotations coming within endnotes.’
    • ‘A blitz of appearances on television and radio shows will accompany the release of the single on February 25.’
    • ‘The wave of nausea that usually accompanied a good bruising hit me as I swayed unsteadily on my feet.’
    • ‘The fatigue, nausea and uncertainty that often accompany early pregnancy may tempt you to forget about fitness.’
    • ‘Anemia is accompanied by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin present in the blood.’
    • ‘Osteoporosis can also accompany endocrine disorders or result from excessive use of drugs such as corticosteroids.’
    • ‘Many major book launches are now accompanied by author appearances on the festival circuit.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, a deadly humourlessness does sometimes accompany teen angst, and when it does, the results can be terrifying.’
    • ‘Smoking the mixture was said to give the user a long lasting, throbbing pain in the head accompanied by nausea.’
    occur with, co-occur with, coincide with, coexist with, go with, go along with, go together with, go hand in hand with, appear with
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    1. 2.1 Provide a complement or addition to:
      ‘home-cooked ham accompanied by brown bread’
      • ‘Crusty bread or some baked potatoes would be best to accompany.’
      • ‘The generous portion of shrimp was covered in a delicious spicy brown sauce and accompanied by a plain white bun.’
      • ‘Golden yellow and rich brown hues accompany fresh floral accents and ruggedly attractive iron light fixtures.’
      • ‘My soup was brought to the table in a turquoise mini-tureen, and was served hot accompanied by hot garlic bread.’
      • ‘The fries were hot but much too salty, and the tossed salad accompanying the Philly was brown and limp.’
      • ‘Comfy upholstered seats with cane backs accompany round copper-topped tables.’
      • ‘It was served on a bed of penne pasta combined with a tomato and basil sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and accompanied by garlic bread.’
      • ‘His slim build was currently adorned with a grey suit, accompanied by a blue shirt and red tie.’
      • ‘For our main courses we have lamb Rogan Josh and chicken Jalfrezzi accompanied by rice and nan bread.’
      • ‘We settled for the beef and the chicken dish, which was accompanied by ham.’
      • ‘The visual presentation was top class and the dish was accompanied by a selection of vegetables and rice.’
      • ‘Two pita breads were brought, unbidden but welcome, to accompany the hummus.’
      • ‘It is a bland dish and may be accompanied by salted fish or other strongly flavoured food to provide contrast.’
      • ‘The food arrived swiftly, accompanied by a large basket of fresh French bread.’
      • ‘Her figure was one that most women would die for, accompanied with the complexion and looks of an angel.’
      • ‘My veal topped with parma ham was a touch on the tough side and accompanied by a white-wine sauce that wasn't thick enough.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Kendal craft baker Simon Thomas is working on a new bread to accompany Cowburn.’
      • ‘Keynote speaker Mr Harbison delivered a slide presentation which accompanied his lecture.’
      • ‘He was formally attired in brown breeches and a white silk shirt accompanied by a deep blue waistcoat.’
      • ‘Gently hot roasted Italian peppers that complement the accompanying cubes of sharp provolone.’
  • 3Play a musical accompaniment for:

    ‘he would play his violin, and Mother used to accompany him on our organ’
    • ‘People who would be willing to accompany singing with any musical instrument would also be welcome.’
    • ‘Sigrid accompanies the Bryan Chorale and serves as pianist at Hixson Presbyterian Church.’
    • ‘There's a guy outside Bay City Plaza in Geelong who busks by playing acoustic guitar and accompanying himself on the harmonica at the same time.’
    • ‘He recalled his amazement at seeing his friend play the harmonica with one hand while accompanying himself on the piano.’
    • ‘Fluff plays a worldly, battered guitar, while Billy accompanies on his harmonica, making a tuneful jingle which feels special because of the supreme effort of the two hard-up men.’
    • ‘Music was provided on organ by Mrs. Mary Deering accompanied by St. Kevin's choir.’
    • ‘Another level of variety is given by the musicians and singers who accompany Bonney.’
    • ‘Each was also accompanied by live musical improvisation from cellist, Anne Bourne.’
    • ‘The Royal Academy of Music's Symphony Orchestra will accompany the concert, conducted by Musical Director Michael Kamen.’
    • ‘The genial German-born pianist Wolfram Rieger accompanies in a very sensitive way regarding both the demands of the composition and the needs of the singer.’
    • ‘I thought I spotted you in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, last week, accompanying Nigel Kennedy.’
    • ‘The dazzlingly choreographed fireworks performances will be accompanied by a musical programme.’
    • ‘They were very poor and my father would go into the saloons with a banjo he had repaired and would sing and dance, accompanying himself with the banjo.’
    • ‘There will be dancing accompanied by live music afterwards in The Bridge Bar.’
    • ‘Some artists specialize in traditional music, accompanied by stringed instruments.’
    • ‘During Mass appropriate hymns were sung by Ann Kavanagh accompanied by organist Donna Roche.’
    • ‘Dantone and his ensemble of 18 musicians accompany Scholl with dynamism.’
    • ‘He continued to play the piano, accompanying the violinist Bronislaw Gimpel, with whom he formed the Warsaw Piano Quartet, which toured widely.’
    • ‘The Brose Walsh Band provided the music to accompany all the vocalists who performed.’
    • ‘The music was supplied by Josephine Walsh accompanied by Ben Brown and Elenor Grant.’
    back, play a musical accompaniment for, play with, play for, support
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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.

Pronunciation:

accompany

/əˈkʌmpəni/