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Accompany is sometimes a misspelling of accompanying.

The word accompany and its family (accompanied, accompanies, accompaniment, accompanying, unaccompanied) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb accompany

What does accompany mean as a doing word?

Accompany is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: accompanied

  1. be present or associated with an event or entity
  2. go or travel along with
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jackie accompanied Rose | Jackie chased the thief
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Spatial Preposition] [Destination]Jackie accompanied Rose to the store

      Verbs of Motion (with the same syntax): conduct, escort, guide, lead, shepherd, steer.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
    • more specific terms:
  3. perform an accompaniment to
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of accompany: follow / play along
    • more generic word: play = play on an instrument
  4. be a companion to somebody

Alternative definition of the verb accompany


  1. [intransitive, music] To perform an accompanying part or parts in a composition.
  2. [transitive] To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with.
  3. [transitive, music] To perform an accompanying part next to another instrument.
  4. [intransitive, obsolete] To associate in a company; to keep company.
  5. [intransitive, obsolete] To cohabit (with).
  6. [transitive, obsolete] To cohabit with.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for accompany

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Google previewBeyond Theological Tourism (2003)

Mentoring as a Grassroots Approach to Theological Education by Susan B. Thistlethwaite, George F. Cairns

Learning to accompany is an essential aspect of ministry on the boundaries. It is a process that takes time, practice, and patience.

Google previewThe Only Thing that Matters (2013)

by Kim Jensen

To accompany is a form of solidarity, but the emotional tenor of the word ...

Google previewChurch in an Age of Global Migration (2015)

A Moving Body by Susanna Snyder, Agnes M. Brazal, Joshua Ralston

To accompany is a favorite verb in Francis's ecclesiological and missiological vocabulary, and as Deogratias Rwezaura's chapter in this volume makes clear, accompaniment is a key feature of the Jesuit Refugee Service. It is unsurprising ...

Google preview2015 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (2014)

The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published by Chuck Sambuchino

We can always use accurate, authoritative skills information, and good photos to accompany is a big advantage! This magazine is read by experts. No fiction, poems, games, puzzles, etc.” Does not want first-person articles about your child.

Google previewThe Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2013)

by Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

and to accompany satirical songs, “teaching” songs, tuul ( epics), magtaal (praise-songs), and domog (legends), each of which has a special repertoire of melodies. There is also a crucial difference between the two ...

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Usage statistics about accompany

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb accompany:


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Small photo of Ripe fig fruits and bacon or prosciutto. Food to accompany the drinks.Small photo of NANCHANG CHINA-December 14, 2012:several parents use the weekend to accompany their children to read books in the bookstore.Small photo of Fried slices of the ripe plantain also called platano maduro, which are eaten as snack or used to accompany dishes in some South American countries.Small photo of Assorted canape with cheese, meat, rolls and fruit salad. Food to accompany the drinks.Small photo of NANCHANG CHINA-December 14, 2012:several parents use the weekend to accompany their children to read books in the bookstore.Small photo of NANCHANG CHINA-December 14, 2012:several parents use the weekend to accompany their children to read books in the bookstore.Small photo of VIENNA, AUSTRIA - July 12: horse carriage accompany tourists visiting the city of Vienna on July 12, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. More...

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Big words seldom accompany good deeds.
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3O1M3P3A1N1Y4

The value of this 9-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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