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according to

preposition  us   /əˈkɔr·dɪŋ ˌtu, -ˌtʊ, -tə/

according to preposition (AS STATED BY)

as stated by: According to my mother, you have to eat three meals a day every day.

according to preposition (FOLLOWING)

in a way that agrees with; by: The teacher sorted the exams according to grade, with the A’s on top and the F’s on the bottom.
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