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English definition of “according to”

according to

preposition (METHOD)    /əˈkɔː.dɪŋˌtuː/ US  /-ˈkɔːr-/
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 Grammar:According toSee more
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