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according to
1) PHR-PREP If someone says that something is true according to a particular person, book, or other source of information, they are indicating where they got their information.

Philip stayed at the hotel, according to Mr Hemming...

He and his father, according to local gossip, haven't been in touch for years.

2) PHR-PREP If something is done according to a particular set of principles, these principles are used as a basis for the way it is done.

They both played the game according to the rules...

They must take their own decision according to their own legal advice.

3) PHR-PREP If something varies according to a changing factor, it varies in a way that is determined by this factor.

Prices vary according to the quantity ordered...

The route that the boatmen choose varies according to the water level.

4) PHRASE: usu PHR after v If something happens according to plan, it happens in exactly the way that it was intended to happen.

If all goes according to plan, the first concert will be Tuesday evening.


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  • According as — According Ac*cord ing, p. a. Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious. This according voice of national wisdom. Burke. Mind and soul according well. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] According to him, every person was to be bought. Macaulay. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • according — 1. according as. This is now well established as a subordinating conjunction meaning ‘depending on whether, to the extent to which’, despite Fowler s long warning (1926) against its use: e.g. • Llanaba Castle presents two quite different aspects …   Modern English usage

  • according to — W1S2 prep 1.) as shown by something or stated by someone ▪ According to the police, his attackers beat him with a blunt instrument. ▪ There is now widespread support for these proposals, according to a recent public opinion poll. 2.) in a way… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • according to — UK US preposition ► used for saying which person, group, piece of information, etc. provides a particular fact: »According to a company spokesman, the firm is expected to have sales of more than $3.5 billion this year. according to… …   Financial and business terms

  • according — ► ADVERB 1) (according to) as stated by or in. 2) (according to) corresponding or in proportion to. 3) (according as) depending on whether …   English terms dictionary

  • according — [ə kôr′diŋ] adj. agreeing; in harmony according as 1. to the degree that; in proportion as 2. depending on whether; if according to 1. in agreement with 2. in the order of [arranged according to size] …   English World dictionary

  • according — c.1300, matching, similar, correponding, prp. adjective and adverb from ACCORD (Cf. accord) (v.). Meanings conforming (to), compliant, in agreement; consistent, harmonious; suitable, appropriate are from late 14c. According to referring to, lit.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • According — Ac*cord ing, adv. Accordingly; correspondingly. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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