Accompany Ac*com"pa*ny, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accompanied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Accompanying}] [OF. aacompaignier, F. accompagner, to associate with, fr. OF. compaign, compain, companion. See {Company}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

The Persian dames, . . . In sumptuous cars, accompanied his march. --Glover. [1913 Webster]

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

He was accompanied by two carts filled with wounded rebels. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To cohabit with. [Obs.] --Sir T. Herbert. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To attend; escort; go with.

Usage: 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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