ac·​cord·​ing·​ly | \ ə-ˈkȯr-diŋ-lē How to pronounce accordingly (audio) \

Definition of accordingly

1 : in accordance : correspondingly Read the instructions and act accordingly.
2 : consequently, so was delayed and accordingly arrived late

Examples of accordingly in a Sentence

He knew his limitations and acted accordingly. She is considered a manager and is paid accordingly. The car is made with the best materials and is priced accordingly.
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Recent Examples on the Web Those who violated the law inside the U.S. Capitol should be prosecuted and, if convicted, sentenced accordingly. Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Princess is a jaw-dropping parade of extravagant costumes, the producers budgeted accordingly. New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 See what’s coming up, below, and mark your calendars accordingly. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 30 Dec. 2021 The play data and consumption data reflected in the charts differs accordingly. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 29 Dec. 2021 All of it reflects broader acceptance that Americans must learn to live with COVID-19 as a daily concern, and balance their risks and choices accordingly. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Dec. 2021 This is an outdoor event with some indoor space available, so dress accordingly. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2021 The collective result of the hits could then be patched through to Marvel, and the next sequel would be tweaked accordingly. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2021 South Korean President Moon Jae-in has apologized for reimposing the tough virus restrictions, citing a failure to tamp down the infections and prepare medical resources accordingly. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of accordingly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accordingly

Middle English, from acordyng "agreeing" (from present participle of accorden "to accord entry 1") + -ly -ly entry 2

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11 Jan 2022

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“Accordingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of accordingly

: in a proper or appropriate way : in a way that suits the facts, needs, or requirements of a situation
: as a result : therefore


ac·​cord·​ing·​ly | \ ə-ˈkȯr-diŋ-lē How to pronounce accordingly (audio) \

Kids Definition of accordingly

1 : in the necessary way : in the way called for Knowing my limits, I ran accordingly.
2 : as a result : consequently, so He needs to improve his health. Accordingly, he's changing his habits.

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