Meaning of “escort” in the English Dictionary

"escort" in British English

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escortverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈskɔːt/ us /esˈkɔːrt/

escortnoun

uk /ˈes.kɔːt/ us /ˈes.kɔːrt/

escort noun (SOCIAL COMPANION)

[ C ] a person who goes with another person as a partner to a social event:

"But I can't go to the dance without an escort," she protested.

[ C ] someone who is paid to go out to social events with another person, and sometimes to have sex:

He hired an escort to go to the dinner with him.

escort noun (GUARD)

[ C ] a person or vehicle that goes somewhere with someone to protect or guard them:

The members of the jury left the court with a police escort.

[ U ] the state of having someone with you who gives you protection or guards you:

The prisoners were transported under military escort.

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

"escort" in American English

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escortverb [ T ]

us /ɪsˈkɔrt, es-/

to go with someone or something as a companion or guard:

He escorted her to her car in the parking lot because it was after dark.

escortnoun [ C ]

us /ˈes·kɔrt/

a companion or guard for someone or something:

Anytime a clerk transfers money, he is provided with an armed escort.

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