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escort

[n. es-kawrt; v. ih-skawrt] /n. ˈɛs kɔrt; v. ɪˈskɔrt/
noun
1.
a group of persons, or a single person, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, or courtesy:
An escort of sailors accompanied the queen.
2.
an armed guard, as a body of soldiers or ships:
The president traveled with a large escort of motorcycle police.
3.
a man or boy who accompanies a woman or girl in public, as to a social event.
4.
protection, safeguard, or guidance on a journey:
to travel without escort.
verb (used with object)
5.
to attend or accompany as an escort.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < French < Italian scorta, derivative of scorgere to conduct < Vulgar Latin *excorrigere. See ex-1, correct
Related forms
unescorted, adjective
well-escorted, adjective
Synonyms
4. convoy. 5. conduct, usher, squire, chaperon, take, guide. See accompany.
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escort

noun (ˈɛskɔːt)
1.
one or more persons, soldiers, vehicles, etc, accompanying another or others for protection, guidance, restraint, or as a mark of honour
2.
a man or youth who accompanies a woman or girl he was her escort for the evening
3.
  1. a person, esp a young woman, who may be hired to accompany another for entertainment, etc
  2. (as modifier) an escort agency
verb (ɪsˈkɔːt)
4.
(transitive) to accompany or attend as an escort
Word Origin
C16: from French escorte, from Italian scorta, from scorgere to guide, from Latin corrigere to straighten; see correct
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Word Origin and History for wellescorted
escort
1570s, from M.Fr. escorte, from It. scorta, lit. "a guiding," from scorgere "to guide," from V.L. *excorrigere, from ex- "out" + corrigere "set right" (see correct). The military sense is original; that of "person accompanying another to a social occasion" is 1936. The verb is from 1708. Related: Escorted; escorting.
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