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Meaning of accompany by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English accompanien, from Old French acompagner ( “to associate with” ), from compaign ( “companion” ). See company .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ə.ˈkʌm.pə.ni/, /ə.ˈkʌmp.ni/


    accompany ( third-person singular simple present accompanies present participle accompanying, simple past and past participle accompanied )

    1. ( transitive ) To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with .
      Geoffrey accompanied the group on their pilgrimage .
    2. ( transitive ) To supplement with; add to .
    3. ( intransitive, music ) To perform an accompanying part or parts in a composition .
    4. ( transitive, music ) To perform an accompanying part next to another instrument .
      The strings were accompanied by two woodwinds .
    5. ( intransitive, obsolete ) To associate in a company; to keep company.
    6. ( intransitive, obsolete ) To cohabit ( with ) .
    7. ( transitive, obsolete ) To cohabit with; to coexist with; occur with .

    Usage notes

    ( to go with ): Persons are said to be accompanied by, and inanimate objects, state or condition is said to be accompanied with .

    • ( go with ): attend, escort, go with

    Related terms

    • accompaniment

Explanation of accompany by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. perform an accompaniment to

    2. go or travel along with

    3. The nurse accompanied the old lady everywhere
    4. be present or associated with an event or entity

    5. heart attacks are accompanied by distruction of heart tissue
      this kind of vein accompanies certain arteries
    6. be a companion to somebody

    Definition of accompany by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Accompany v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accompanied ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Accompanying ( )] [OF. aacompaignier, F. accompagner, to associate with, fr. OF. compaign, compain, companion. See Company.]
      1. To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with; -- followed by with or by; as, “he accompanied his speech with a bow”.

      The Persian dames, . . .

      In sumptuous cars, accompanied his march. Glover.

      They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Sir P. Sidney.

      He was accompanied by two carts filled with wounded rebels. Macaulay.

      2. To cohabit with. [Obs.] Sir T. Herbert.

      Syn. -- To attend; escort; go with. -- To Accompany, Attend, Escort. We accompany those with whom we go as companions. The word imports an equality of station. We attend those whom we wait upon or follow. The word conveys an idea of subordination. We escort those whom we attend with a view to guard and protect. A gentleman accompanies a friend to some public place; he attends or escorts a lady.

    2. Accompany, v. i.
      1. To associate in a company; to keep company. [Obs.] Bacon.

      Men say that they will drive away one another, . . . and not accompany together. Holland.

      2. To cohabit ( with ). [Obs.] Milton.

      3. ( Mus. ) To perform an accompanying part or parts in a composition.