ac·​cord·​ing·​ly | \ ə-ˈkȯr-diŋ-lē \

Definition of accordingly

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

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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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Women realize that their 15 minutes of fame will, barring tremendous effort, last only for 15 minutes, and respond accordingly. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Can't Men Like Louis C.K. Accept Their Ideas Are Outdated?," 4 Jan. 2019 After a five-year absence and lots of memes made from that one iconic line, Madison Montgomery is back in all of her Coven glory — and fans reacted accordingly on Twitter. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""American Horror Story: Apocalypse" Brings Back Madison Montgomery to Deliver Her Iconic Quote," 27 Sep. 2018 Trump is the first president to make this plain and act accordingly. Fox News, "Mainstream media hysterics over Helsinki meeting," 18 July 2018 Ahead, check out some of the collection’s highlights, and be prepared to plan your workout — and makeup sesh — accordingly. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Wet-n-Wild Announces Gym-Inspired Collection, Pump," 6 Jan. 2019 Rather than knocking a drone out of the sky, potentially hurting people below, law enforcement can find the operator and reprimand him or her accordingly. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Are Hobby Drones Dead?," 7 Dec. 2018 Use the guideline of 400 milligrams of caffeine per day as your max, which is the equivalent of Venti at Starbucks, and time this accordingly. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Start Losing Weight With 6 Steps That Actually Work, According to a Nutritionist," 5 Dec. 2018 Please prepare your wallets and shopping carts accordingly and check out a few previews of Smartly below. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Target Launches Smartly, an Affordable In-House Brand With 70 Personal-Care Products," 8 Oct. 2018 Imagine a swarm of drones that knows where the sun is and builds shade accordingly. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Drones built a canopy that can follow the sun," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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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


ac·​cord·​ing·​ly | \ ə-ˈkȯr-diŋ-lē \

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 lose weight. Accordingly, he's changing his habits.

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