accompany

[uh-kuhm-puh-nee]
verb (used with object), accompanied, accompanying.
1.
to go along or in company with; join in action: to accompany a friend on a walk.
2.
to be or exist in association or company with: Thunder accompanies lightning.
3.
to put in company with; cause to be or go along; associate (usually followed by with ): He accompanied his speech with gestures.
4.
Music. to play or sing an accompaniment to or for.
verb (used without object), accompanied, accompanying.
5.
to provide the musical accompaniment.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English accompanye < Middle French accompagnier. See ac-, company

nonaccompanying, adjective
reaccompany, verb (used with object), reaccompanied, reaccompanying.
well-accompanied, adjective


1. Accompany, attend, convoy, escort mean to go along with someone (or something). To accompany is to go along as an associate on equal terms: to accompany a friend on a shopping trip. Attend implies going along with, usually to render service or perform duties: to attend one's employer on a business trip. To convoy is to accompany (especially ships) with an armed guard for protection: to convoy a fleet of merchant vessels. To escort is to accompany in order to protect, guard, honor, or show courtesy: to escort a visiting dignitary.
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accompany (əˈkʌmpənɪ, əˈkʌmpnɪ)
 
vb (foll by with) , -nies, -nying, -nied
1.  (tr) to go along with, so as to be in company with or escort
2.  to supplement: the food is accompanied with a very hot mango pickle
3.  (tr) to occur, coexist, or be associated with
4.  to provide a musical accompaniment for (a performer)
 
[C15: from Old French accompaignier, from compaingcompanion1]
 
ac'companier
 
n

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accompany
early 15c., from M.Fr. accompagner, from O.Fr. acompaignier (12c.) "take as a companion," from à "to" + compaignier, from compaign (see companion).
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Example sentences
The less than successful food was accompanied by less than impeccable service.
Yet last week's statistics were accompanied only by a low-key press release and
  almost no media coverage.
Though accompanied by days of abandoned revelry, the colorful festival is
  fraught with bitter rivalries.
The end of the road is seldom accompanied by teeming civilization, which is the
  essence of its seduction.
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