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 survey texts that accompany the images may appear shockingly clinical.
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Sadly, that left confusion about other economic policies that might accompany a
  bank clean-up.
They appear above active thunderstorms and accompany strong lightning strikes.
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