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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: accompany /əˈkʌmp(ə)ni/ 
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present tense
present participleaccompanying
past tenseaccompanied
past participleaccompanied
  1. 1
    formal to go with someone to a place or event

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  2. 2
    [often passive] formal to happen or exist while something else is happening

    A sore throat may be accompanied by fever.

    the poor social conditions that accompanied rapid industrialization

  3. 3
    formal to appear or be provided with something else, as an addition or explanation

    An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

    There was no accompanying note or letter.

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