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according to

preposition

: as stated, reported, or recorded by (someone or something)

: as directed or required by (rules, directions, etc.)

: in a way that is based on (something)

Full Definition of ACCORDING TO

1
:  in conformity with
2
:  as stated or attested by
3
:  depending on
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Examples of ACCORDING TO

  1. According to rumors I've heard, he was fired for stealing from the company.
  2. She always did everything according to the rules.
  3. I cooked the rice according to the directions on the box.
  4. He was paid according to how quickly he worked.

First Known Use of ACCORDING TO

14th century
ACCORDING TO Defined for Kids

according to

preposition ac·cord·ing to

Definition of ACCORDING TO for Kids

1
:  in agreement with <Everything was done according to the rules.>
2
:  as stated by <According to the weather report, it's going to rain.>

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