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according to

preposition uk   /əˈkɔː.dɪŋ ˌtuː/ us    /-ˈkɔːr-/

according to preposition (OPINION)

B1 as stated by: According to Sarah they're not getting on very well at the moment. According to our records you owe us $130.
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according to preposition (METHOD)

B2 in a way that agrees with: Students are all put in different groups according to their ability.according to plan Something that happens according to plan happens in the way it was intended to: Did it all go according to plan?
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