accompany[ə kum′pə nē; often, ə kump′nē]
- The definition of accompany means to go along with someone else or to go with something else.
1. An example of accompany is going to a party with a friend.2. Peanut butter, which goes with jelly, is also an example of accompany.
Jelly accompanies this peanunt butter.
transitive verbaccompanied, accompanying
- to go or be together with; attend
- to send (with); add to; supplement: to accompany words with acts
- to play or sing a musical accompaniment for or to
Origin of accompanyMiddle French acompaignier ; from ac-, ad- + Old French compagnon: see companion
verbac·com·pa·nied, ac·com·pa·ny·ing, ac·com·pa·nies
- To be or go with, especially as a companion.
- To provide with an addition; supplement: a dish that is best accompanied with a robust wine.
- To exist or occur at the same time as: dark clouds that were accompanied by rain.
- Music To perform an accompaniment to.
Origin of accompanyMiddle English accompanien, from Old French acompagnier : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + compaignon, companion; see Companion 1.
(third-person singular simple present accompanies, present participle accompanying, simple past and past participle accompanied)
- 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.
- To supplement with; add to.
- (intransitive, music) To perform an accompanying part or parts in a composition.
- (music) To perform an accompanying part next to another instrument.
- The strings were accompanied by two woodwinds.
(to go with): Persons are said to be accompanied by, and inanimate objects, state or condition is said to be accompanied with.
- First attested in early 15th century.
From Middle English accompanien, from Old French acompagner (“to associate with”), from compaign (“companion”). See company.