The verb accompany means to keep someone company, or to be their companion on a trip or journey. In a musical sense, accompany means to play background music for the lead singer or soloist.

If you want your friend to keep you company on your way to the store, you could ask her to accompany you on the walk. Or, if you want your friend to play piano while you sing a song, you could ask her to accompany you on piano. Just don’t ask her to do both at the same time or your friend may not want to accompany you anywhere any longer.

Definitions of accompany
  1. verb
    go or travel along with
    “The nurse accompanied the old lady everywhere”
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    accompany or escort
    consort, run
    keep company
    accompany as an escort
    escort, see, usher
    accompany or escort
    tag along
    go along with, often uninvited
    cause to trot
    attend upon as a squire; serve as a squire
    escort safely
    escort in transit
    chaperon, chaperone
    accompany as a chaperone
    force to march
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    be a companion to somebody
    synonyms: companion, company, keep company
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    type of:
    affiliate, associate, assort, consort
    keep company with; hang out with
  3. verb
    perform an accompaniment to
    synonyms: follow, play along
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    type of:
    play on an instrument
  4. verb
    be present or associated with an event or entity
    “heart attacks are accompanied by distruction of heart tissue”
    “this kind of vein accompanies certain arteries”
    synonyms: attach to, come with, go with
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    co-occur with, collocate with, construe with, cooccur with, go with
    go or occur together
    accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result
    have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
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