I. verb — [with obj.] 1. go somewhere with (someone) as a companion or escort • the two sisters were to accompany us to London.
2. be present or occur at the same time as (something else) • the illness is often accompanied by nausea
• (as adj. accompanying)
the accompanying documentation.
3. provide a complement or addition to • home-cooked ham accompanied by brown bread.
4. play a musical accompaniment for. • he would play his violin, and Mother used to accompany him on our organ.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French accompagner, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + compagne, from Old French compaignon ‘companion’. The spelling change was due to association with company.