verb (used with object), ac·com·pa·nied, ac·com·pa·ny·ing.

  1. to go along or in company with; join in action: to accompany a friend on a walk.
  2. to be or exist in association or company with: Thunder accompanies lightning.
  3. to put in company with; cause to be or go along; associate (usually followed by with): He accompanied his speech with gestures.
  4. Music. to play or sing an accompaniment to or for.

verb (used without object), ac·com·pa·nied, ac·com·pa·ny·ing.

  1. to provide the musical accompaniment.

verb -nies, -nying or -nied

  1. (tr) to go along with, so as to be in company with or escort
  2. (tr foll by with) to supplementthe food is accompanied with a very hot mango pickle
  3. (tr) to occur, coexist, or be associated with
  4. to provide a musical accompaniment for (a performer)

early 15c., “to be in company with,” from Middle French accompagner, from Old French acompaignier (12c.) “take as a companion,” from à “to” (see ad-) + compaignier, from compaign (see companion). Related: Accompanied; accompanying.

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