according to

preposition

Definition of according to

1 : in conformity with
2 : as stated or attested by
3 : depending on

Examples of according to in a Sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of according to

Middle English acordyng to, from acordyng "agreeing" (from present participle of accorden "to 1accord") + to 1to


ACCORDING TO Defined for English Language Learners

according to

preposition

Definition of according to for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


ACCORDING TO Defined for Kids

according to

preposition ac·cord·ing to

Definition of according to for Students

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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