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es·​cort | ˈe-ˌskȯrt

1a(1) : a person or group of persons accompanying another to give protection or as a courtesy

(2) : a man who goes with a woman to a social event

(3) : a woman or a man who is hired to go with someone to a social event —often used before another nounan escort service/agency

b : a protective screen of warships or fighter planes or a single ship or plane used to fend off enemy attack from one or more vulnerable craft

2 : accompaniment by a person or an armed protector (such as a ship)


verbes·​cort | i-ˈskȯrt, e-, ˈe-ˌskȯrt

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Noun Visitors are not allowed to enter the building without an escort. The bombers were protected by a fighter escort. Everyone was surprised when she arrived at the party without an escort. Verb Several fighters escorted the bombers back to base. a student from the college escorted my parents and me on our tour of the campus

See MoreRecent Examples on the Web: Noun Those under self-quarantine will be allowed to leave their homes with governmentlondon">escortsto vote after 6 p.m. Wednesday, when the balloting for the general public ends. —Choe Sang-hun,, “North Korea fires missiles as South’s elections loom,” 14 Apr. 2020Those under self-quarantine will be allowed to leave their ​homes with governmentlondon">escortsto vote after ​6 p.m. Wednesday, when the balloting ​for the general public ends. —New York Times, “North Korea Fires Missiles as South’s Elections Loom,” 11 Apr. 2020The Yugoslavian Air Force Mig 29s couldn’t detect the F-117s on radar but could spot them with the naked eye, prompting the Air Force to accompany many Nighthawk missions with F-16london">escorts. —Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, “Why the F-117 Nighthawk Is Such a Badass Plane,” 12 Aug. 2019Roads near the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where senior Chinese officials meet with visiting leaders, were closed and the same motorcade with motorcyclelondon">escortswas later seen heading into the compound. —Christopher Bodeen And Dake Kang,, “Kim Jong Un visiting China, expected to discuss his nuclear weapons,” 19 June 2018The driver was advised to contact the police for anescortprior to recovering her vehicle. —Cheryl Higley, cleveland, “Woman reports driver tried to run over her: Avon Lake Police Blotter,” 29 Mar. 2020The booze flowed, casino chips were free, femalelondon">escortswere part of the package and Englander was handed an envelope stuffed with cash. —Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, “Column: For Councilman Englander, what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas,” 11 Mar. 2020Pablo Eduardo, the artist behind the memorial, said the Boston policeescortfor the truck from Sincere Metal Works was an emotional surprise to him. —Diamond Naga Siu,, “Boston Marathon memorial on Boylston Street completed,” 19 Aug. 2019Theescortis not compulsory, and Britain has limited naval resources in the region. —Washington Post, “UK offers ships naval escort after Iran oil tanker seizure,” 25 July 2019Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cosby fears contracting the virus from other inmates whoescorthim around the prison in his wheelchair or from guards who might bring the illness from the outside, Wyatt said. —Maria Puente, USA TODAY, “Locked-up celebs, fearing coronavirus, fail to win early release from prison, jails,” 31 Mar. 2020Richie sends the garbage guy over to Seacrest, wholondon">escortshim out of the building. —Robbie Daw, Billboard, “‘American Idol’ Season 18 Premiere Recap: New Faces, Returning Contestants & More,” 17 Feb. 2020Japan’s 14 cases include two person-to-person transmissions, a tour guide and driver whoescortedChinese tourists from Wuhan. —Washington Post, “Japan urges citizens not to travel to China because of virus,” 31 Jan. 2020Sibley said that the victims are a security guard and a patron who had just beenescortedout of the club. —Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, “Security guard, patron killed in shooting at west-side Indianapolis strip club,” 27 Jan. 2020As Trump’s trial opened on Thursday, Feinstein was part of a bipartisan group of four senators whoescortedChief Justice John Roberts into the chamber. —Dustin Gardiner,, “Trump’s trial: Kamala Harris goes on attack, Feinstein stresses impartiality,” 18 Jan. 2020The charming 21-year-old Maharajah Padmanabh Singh, a polo player whoescortedReese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava to the Bal des Debutantes in Paris two years ago and was featured in T&C’s 2018 list of the world’s top bachelors. —Leena Kim, Town & Country, “You Can Now Book an Airbnb Stay in Jaipur’s Royal Palace,” 22 Nov. 2019Carvel arrived at a predetermined location hoping to meet the father, who would thenescorthim to the children, but instead was placed under arrest. —Joe Mario Pedersen,, “Sanford police: Daytona Beach man sought sex with minors,” 24 Oct. 2019Nyong’o plays Miss Caroline, wholondon">escortsFelix’s class on a field trip to a farm — with a smitten Dave in tow — when zombie hordes start steaming in from a nearby military base. —Los Angeles Times, “Review: Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Little Monsters’ is the zombie-fighting kindergarten teacher we need,” 8 Oct. 2019

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