Definition of accompany in English:



  • 1Go somewhere with (someone) as a companion or escort.

    ‘the two sisters were to accompany us to London’
    • ‘Jim was accompanied by his daughter Michelle, an employee at City Hall, New York City.’
    • ‘No guides accompanied us as we descended down a spiral staircase and into the past of Dubai.’
    • ‘Mariam is happy that she accompanied her six-year-old grand daughter Neha to the festival.’
    • ‘For the first six miles he was accompanied by his daughter, and then he was alone.’
    • ‘For the duration of our trip, either our escorts accompanied us or we were under police security.’
    • ‘She was accompanied by her older sister, who was also never known for her punctuality.’
    • ‘The situation is so serious that a police escort accompanies us off the plane.’
    • ‘He had refused to allow even one companion to accompany him, arguing that he would be perfectly safe.’
    • ‘Nancy's sister and father accompany her to the wedding, for Godfrey is suddenly out of town.’
    • ‘He jokes around with the young aide accompanying him on his travels, but he is not interested in talking about himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was accompanied by her daughters the Queen and Princess Margaret to the event at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.’
    • ‘June 1980: Camilla accompanies Charles as his official escort to Zimbabwean independence celebrations.’
    • ‘He asked the lady's daughter to accompany him to his car as he was afraid of the people screaming at him.’
    • ‘His sister Catherine accompanies him on all his shoots and Robin Tunney, currently starring in Vertical Limit, met them in Texas during American Outlaws.’
    • ‘When you sign up for kayak sea tours, an experienced guide always accompanies you to help you if you have problems.’
    • ‘Knowledgeable local guides will accompany us, and we'll stay in varied accommodations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of her daughters insisted on accompanying her to the police station.’
    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’
    • ‘Osteoporosis can also accompany endocrine disorders or result from excessive use of drugs such as corticosteroids.’
    • ‘At first she thought it was thunder, but she soon noticed white gas appearing in her room accompanied by a bad smell.’
    • ‘Nausea and dizziness often accompany these reactions, indicating a reduction of the output of blood from the heart.’
    • ‘A bull market usually accompanies expectations of widespread good corporate results.’
    • ‘Anemia is accompanied by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin present in the blood.’
    • ‘They can produce a severe whirling sensation accompanied by nausea and vomiting.’
    • ‘Many major book launches are now accompanied by author appearances on the festival circuit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Although these sort of behaviors or consequences often accompany addiction, they are neither always present or inevitable.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, a deadly humourlessness does sometimes accompany teen angst, and when it does, the results can be terrifying.’
    • ‘The wave of nausea that usually accompanied a good bruising hit me as I swayed unsteadily on my feet.’
    • ‘Smoking the mixture was said to give the user a long lasting, throbbing pain in the head accompanied by nausea.’
    • ‘The fatigue, nausea and uncertainty that often accompany early pregnancy may tempt you to forget about fitness.’
    • ‘The aetiology is different in both cases and the muscle spasms that accompany these dysfunctions are not always present in osteoporosis.’
    • ‘Nausea accompanies many causes of abdominal pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The nausea that accompanies pregnancy discourages the mother from eating toxic substances that may harm her baby.’
    • ‘Sometimes the illness is accompanied by a rash of red or purple spots.’
    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. 2.1Provide a complement or addition to.
      ‘home-cooked ham accompanied by brown bread’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Kendal craft baker Simon Thomas is working on a new bread to accompany Cowburn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 veal topped with parma ham was a touch on the tough side and accompanied by a white-wine sauce that wasn't thick enough.’
      • ‘Crusty bread or some baked potatoes would be best to accompany.’
      • ‘He was formally attired in brown breeches and a white silk shirt accompanied by a deep blue waistcoat.’
      • ‘Her figure was one that most women would die for, accompanied with the complexion and looks of an angel.’
      • ‘Two pita breads were brought, unbidden but welcome, to accompany the hummus.’
      • ‘The visual presentation was top class and the dish was accompanied by a selection of vegetables and rice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We settled for the beef and the chicken dish, which was accompanied by ham.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Keynote speaker Mr Harbison delivered a slide presentation which accompanied his lecture.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘He continued to play the piano, accompanying the violinist Bronislaw Gimpel, with whom he formed the Warsaw Piano Quartet, which toured widely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each was also accompanied by live musical improvisation from cellist, Anne Bourne.’
    • ‘Music was provided on organ by Mrs. Mary Deering accompanied by St. Kevin's choir.’
    • ‘People who would be willing to accompany singing with any musical instrument would also be welcome.’
    • ‘Some artists specialize in traditional music, accompanied by stringed instruments.’
    • ‘Dantone and his ensemble of 18 musicians accompany Scholl with dynamism.’
    • ‘The Brose Walsh Band provided the music to accompany all the vocalists who performed.’
    • ‘The Royal Academy of Music's Symphony Orchestra will accompany the concert, conducted by Musical Director Michael Kamen.’
    • ‘Another level of variety is given by the musicians and singers who accompany Bonney.’
    • ‘He recalled his amazement at seeing his friend play the harmonica with one hand while accompanying himself on the piano.’
    • ‘There will be dancing accompanied by live music afterwards in The Bridge Bar.’
    • ‘I thought I spotted you in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, last week, accompanying Nigel Kennedy.’
    • ‘Sigrid accompanies the Bryan Chorale and serves as pianist at Hixson Presbyterian Church.’
    • ‘The music was supplied by Josephine Walsh accompanied by Ben Brown and Elenor Grant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During Mass appropriate hymns were sung by Ann Kavanagh accompanied by organist Donna Roche.’
    • ‘The dazzlingly choreographed fireworks performances will be accompanied by a musical programme.’
    back, play a musical accompaniment for, play with, play for, support
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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.