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Accompany vs Attend vs Escort

Accompany, attend and escort all mean to go along with.

What’s the difference?

Accompany when referring to persons, usually implies equality of status.

  • Ken agreed to accompany me on a trip to Africa.

Attend implies a waiting upon in order to server usually as a subordinate.

  • The President was attended by several members of his staff.

Escort adds to accompany implications of protection, ceremony, or courtesy.

  • Armed escorts are provided for visiting heads of state.