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I tried to find the verb for the action of a person traveling along with a superior person (in rank or age) to help throughout the journey. I couldn't find out one. Example:

Jack _____ his mom to her business trip, just to manage reservations and to ease her trip.

Common verbs include accompanying, escorting, travelling-along. But these words do not really give the essence of help. Escort does, but it is not flexible enough.

The nouns include servant. Servant, in the present world sounds harsh on ears.

The example sentence could've been better, but I cannot think of one. To keep it clear, my search is related to travel. I hope answers from you. Thanks

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  • I think that we would need to understand the social or formal context and possibly the time period you're referring to, context could help narrow it down considerably. Mar 21, 2020 at 18:48
  • Escort, perhaps? Mar 21, 2020 at 18:56
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    Jack accompanied his mom on her business trip, mainly to manage reservations and to make her trip easier. In broad terms, if A accompanies B, it is clear that B is the more important person
    – Greybeard
    Mar 21, 2020 at 19:11
  • @Greybeard true, but not always. A friend can accompany another friend, no importance meant between them. And 'accompany' is a broader term and cannot be restricted or understood as help(for a superior)
    – RawahaKB
    Mar 21, 2020 at 19:17
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    @WayfaringStranger Usually written batman, after a bat-saddle (for supplies) of a cavalry officer.
    – WS2
    Mar 22, 2020 at 7:58

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Perhaps re-word it to use a noun not a verb.

Jack served as his mom's assistant for her business trip, just to manage reservations and to ease the trip.

Jack served as his mom's secretary for her business trip, just to manage reservations and to ease the trip.

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Escort (noun): An escort is a person who travels with someone in order to protect or guard them. - Collins Dictionary

Example: He arrived with a police escort shortly before half past nine.

Escort (verb): If you escort someone somewhere, you accompany them there, usually in order to make sure that they leave a place or get to their destination.

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Escort (noun): a companion or guard for someone or something. - Cambridge Dictionary

Example: Anytime a clerk transfers money, he is provided with an armed escort.

Escord (verb): to go with someone or something as a companion or guard.

Example: He escorted her to her car in the parking lot because it was after dark.

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Usher (verb): If you usher someone somewhere, you show them where they should go, often by going with them. - Collins Dictionary

Example: I ushered him into the office. (Formal)

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Usher (verb): to show someone where they should go, or to make someone go where you want them to go. - Cambridge Dictionary

Example: She ushered us into her office and offered us coffee.

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  • Thanks for the answer. 'Escort' is very close to my query. But I'm trying to find word with help. Protection is subset of help.
    – RawahaKB
    Mar 21, 2020 at 19:12
  • 'Help' them with what? You mean guide them where they should go? Mar 21, 2020 at 19:15
  • Yes, that could be one. And all other travel related help one can think of (usually performed by servants at station)
    – RawahaKB
    Mar 21, 2020 at 19:23
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I suggest the verb chaperone given by Lexico as

chaperone
VERB

Accompany and look after or supervise.
He's climbed Everest ten times, in good weather and bad, from the north and from the south, by himself and chaperoning clients.

So your sentence could be

Jack chaperoned his mom on her business trip, to manage reservations and to make her journey easy.


In the noun form, Lexico gives

1 A person who accompanies and looks after another person or group of people.
Without police chaperones, organizers were worried for participants' safety.

Please note the older use of the term:

1.1 dated An older woman responsible for the decorous behaviour of a young unmarried girl at social occasions.

So my suggestion inverts the politics of the older meaning.

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  • Thanks. I came across this word before my question. I dropped it from my query because it is something related to supervision/overseeing. supervision/overseeing, in my knowledge cannot be used for assistance of a superior person (esp. in rank), though they are related to assistance generally.
    – RawahaKB
    Mar 21, 2020 at 19:39
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    The example about climbing Everest supports my use. Even traditionally, the chaperone would not necessarily control their charge: just look out for them. Mar 21, 2020 at 19:40
  • But most of the examples in Lexico.com are giving the essence, opposite to my search.
    – RawahaKB
    Mar 21, 2020 at 19:45
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    @RawahaKB and what is wrong with the intimation that you are looking after / taking charge of your mother, and making sure she doesn't get into any trouble, like nipping out for a boogie in the wrong neighbourhood? Mar 21, 2020 at 19:56
  • @weather_wane I agree with you on that. Example sentences are next crucial thing after definitions. Most (not all) of the example sentences for chaperone give us the inverted relationship of rank. But still it could be used in many situations but not mine, this time
    – RawahaKB
    Mar 21, 2020 at 20:00
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Aide

Aide is an American short form of aide-de-camp, originally a military term for an assistant to a higher ranking officer, now more general. The son is acting as an aide to his mother—-arranging travel, getting tickets, paying cab drivers, and the like.

As a verb, aided, assisted, helped, in addition to “acted as an aide.”

See the definition at https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/aide

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I'd simply say, "Jack helped his mom on her business trip. . . ."

But since you're asking for a word that relates to travel, escorted is a strong choice, because it does mean more than mere companionship. It implies a degree of cordial service or assistance.

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Jack _____ his mom to her business trip, just to manage reservations and to ease her trip.

These following two words may describe what you are wanting though I have not encountered the first two frequently if at all in my readings. Native speakers be the judges.

From Merriam-Webster

Convoy: to go along with in order to provide assistance, protection, or companionship

Tote: to support and take from one place to another

Squire: to go along with in order to provide assistance, protection, or companionship

I will go with squire. And also I am only assuming convoy and convey may have had similar origins.

Other words may be

  • superintendent
  • supervise
  • oversee

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