Meaning of accompany


The verb accompany means to keep someone company, or to be their companion on a trip or journey. In a musical sense, accompany means to play background music for the lead singer or soloist.

If you want your friend to keep you company on your way to the store, you could ask her to accompany you on the walk. Or, if you want your friend to play piano while you sing a song, you could ask her to accompany you on piano. Just don’t ask her to do both at the same time or your friend may not want to accompany you anywhere any longer.

Definitions of accompany
  1. verb

    go or travel along with

    “The nurse
    accompanied the old lady everywhere”
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    accompany or escort
    consort, run

    keep company

    accompany as an escort
    escort, see, usher

    accompany or escort
    tag along

    go along with, often uninvited

    cause to trot

    attend upon as a squire; serve as a squire

    escort safely

    escort in transit
    chaperon, chaperone

    accompany as a chaperone

    force to march
    type of:

    go, locomote, move, travel

    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

  2. verb

    be a companion to somebody


    companion, company, keep company

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    type of:

    affiliate, associate, assort, consort

    keep company with; hang out with

  3. verb

    perform an accompaniment to


    follow, play along

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    type of:


    play on an instrument

  4. verb

    be present or associated with an event or entity

    “heart attacks are
    accompanied by distruction of heart tissue”
    “this kind of vein
    accompanies certain arteries”

    attach to, come with, go with

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    co-occur with, collocate with, construe with, cooccur with, go with

    go or occur together

    accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result

    have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac

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