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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be or go with as a companion.
  • transitive v. To add to; supplement: a dish best accompanied with a robust wine.
  • transitive v. To coexist or occur with.
  • transitive v. Music To perform an accompaniment to.
  • intransitive v. Music To play an accompaniment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with.
  • v. To supplement with; add to.
  • v. To perform an accompanying part or parts in a composition.
  • v. To perform an accompanying part next to another instrument.
  • v. To associate in a company; to keep company.
  • v. To cohabit (with).
  • v. To cohabit with; to coexist with; occur with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with; -- followed by with or by.
  • transitive v. To cohabit with.
  • intransitive v. To associate in a company; to keep company.
  • intransitive v. To cohabit (with).
  • intransitive v. To perform an accompanying part or parts in a composition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be or exist in company with; be joined in association or combination; constitute an adjunct or concomitant to: as, thunder accompanies lightning; an insult accompanied by or with a blow; the President's message and accompanying documents.
  • To keep company with; be associated in intimacy or companionship; act as companion to.
  • To go along or in company with; attend or join in movement or action: as, to accompany a friend on a walk or journey; men-of-war formerly accompanied fleets of merchant ships; he was everywhere accompanied by (not with) his dog.
  • To put in company (with); cause to be or go along (with); combine; associate: as, to accompany a remark with (not by) a bow; he accompanied his speech with rapid gestures.
  • In music, to play or sing an accompaniment to or for: as, he accompanied her on the piano.
  • To cohabit with.
  • Synonyms To attend, escort, wait on, go with, convoy, be associated with, coexist.
  • To be a companion or associate: as, to accompany with others. To cohabit.
  • In music, to perform the accompaniment in a composition; especially, to perform the instrumental part of a mixed vocal and instrumental piece.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. go or travel along with
  • v. be present or associated with an event or entity
  • v. perform an accompaniment to
  • v. be a companion to somebody

Etymologies

Middle English accompanien, from Old French acompagnier : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + compaignon, companion; see companion1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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