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Definition of accompany verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    accompany

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈkʌmpəni//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkʌmpəni//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they accompany
    BrE BrE//əˈkʌmpəni//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkʌmpəni//
     
    he / she / it accompanies
    BrE BrE//əˈkʌmpəniz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkʌmpəniz//
     
    past simple accompanied
    BrE BrE//əˈkʌmpənid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkʌmpənid//
     
    past participle accompanied
    BrE BrE//əˈkʌmpənid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkʌmpənid//
     
    -ing form accompanying
    BrE BrE//əˈkʌmpəniɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkʌmpəniɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  accompany somebody (formal) to travel or go somewhere with somebody His wife accompanied him on the trip. I must ask you to accompany me to the police station. Warships will accompany the convoy. The groups are always accompanied by an experienced mountain guide.
  2. 2  accompany something to happen or appear with something else strong winds accompanied by heavy rain The curator of the exhibition also wrote the accompanying catalogue. Shouts of protest accompanied this announcement. The text is accompanied by a series of stunning photographs.
  3. 3 accompany somebody (at/on something) to play a musical instrument, especially a piano, while somebody else sings or plays the main tune The singer was accompanied on the piano by her sister.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French accompagner, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + compagne, from Old French compaignon ‘companion’. The spelling change was due to association with company.
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