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accompany Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb be present or associated with an event or entity
    attach to; come with; go with.
    • French fries come with the hamburger
    • heart attacks are accompanied by distruction of heart tissue
    • fish usually goes with white wine
    • this kind of vein accompanies certain arteries
  2. verb go or travel along with
    • The nurse accompanied the old lady everywhere
  3. verb perform an accompaniment to
    follow; play along.
    • The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano
  4. verb be a companion to somebody
    company; keep company; companion.

Ac*com"pa*ny transitive verb
OF. aacompaignier, F. accompagner, to associate with, fr. OF. compaign, compain, companion. See Company.
imperfect & past participle Accompanied present participle & verbal noun Accompanying
  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.
Ac*com"pa*ny intransitive verb
  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.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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