Meaning of “accompany” in the English Dictionary

"accompany" in British English

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accompanyverb [ T ]

uk /əˈkʌm.pə.ni/ us /əˈkʌm.pə.ni/

accompany verb [ T ] (GO WITH)

B1 to go with someone or to be provided or exist at the same time as something:

The course books are accompanied by four CDs.
Depression is almost always accompanied by insomnia.
The salmon was accompanied by (= served with) a fresh green salad.

formal to show someone how to get to somewhere:

Would you like me to accompany you to your room?

formal to go with someone to a social event or to an entertainment:

"May I accompany you to the ball?" he asked her.
I have two tickets for the theatre on Saturday evening - would you like to accompany me?

More examples

  • There's a workbook to accompany the course book.
  • Visitors must be accompanied by club members.
  • His faithful old dog accompanied him everywhere he went.
  • The prince is always accompanied by his bodyguards.
  • The school rules state that no child shall be allowed out of the school during the day, unless accompanied by an adult.

accompany verb [ T ] (PLAY MUSIC)

C2 to sing or play an instrument with another musician or singer:

Miss Jessop accompanied Mr Bentley on the piano.

(Definition of “accompany” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accompany" in American English

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accompanyverb [ T ]

us /əˈkʌm·pə·ni/

to go with someone or to exist at the same time as something:

Students cannot leave the building during class hours unless they are accompanied by an adult.

music In music, to accompany is to play an instrument in support of someone who is playing an instrument or singing.

(Definition of “accompany” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)