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English definition of “according to”

according to

preposition uk   /əˈkɔː.dɪŋˌtuː/ 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.Quoting and making references

according to preposition (METHOD)

B2 in a way that agrees with: Students are all put in different groups according to their ability.Obedient and compliantObeying and breaking the law according to plan Something that happens according to plan happens in the way it was intended to: Did it all go according to plan?Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
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