verb (used with object), ac·com·pa·nied, ac·com·pa·ny·ing.
- to go along or in company with; join in action: to accompany a friend on a walk.
- to be or exist in association or company with: Thunder accompanies lightning.
- to put in company with; cause to be or go along; associate (usually followed by with): He accompanied his speech with gestures.
- Music. to play or sing an accompaniment to or for.
verb (used without object), ac·com·pa·nied, ac·com·pa·ny·ing.
- to provide the musical accompaniment.
verb -nies, -nying or -nied
- (tr) to go along with, so as to be in company with or escort
- (tr foll by with) to supplementthe food is accompanied with a very hot mango pickle
- (tr) to occur, coexist, or be associated with
- 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.