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[uh-kuhm-puh-nee] /əˈkʌm pə ni/
verb (used with object), accompanied, accompanying.
to go along or in company with; join in action:
to accompany a friend on a walk.
to be or exist in association or company with:
Thunder accompanies lightning.
to put in company with; cause to be or go along; associate (usually followed by with):
He accompanied his speech with gestures.
Music. to play or sing an accompaniment to or for.
verb (used without object), accompanied, accompanying.
to provide the musical accompaniment.
Origin of accompany
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English accompanye < Middle French accompagnier. See ac-, company
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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/əˈkʌmpənɪ; əˈkʌmpnɪ/
verb -nies, -nying, -nied
(transitive) to go along with, so as to be in company with or escort
(transitive) foll by with. to supplement: the food is accompanied with a very hot mango pickle
(transitive) to occur, coexist, or be associated with
to provide a musical accompaniment for (a performer)
Derived Forms
accompanier, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French accompaignier, from compaingcompanion1
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Word Origin and History for accompany

early 15c., "to be in company with," from Middle French accompagner, from Old French acompaignier (12c.) "take as a companion," from à "to" (see ad-) + compaignier, from compaign (see companion). Related: Accompanied; accompanying.

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