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English definition of “according to”

according to

preposition    
used for saying which person, group, piece of information, etc. provides a particular fact: According to a company spokesman, the firm is expected to have sales of more than $3.5 billion this year.according to data/estimates/figures According to figures from the Census Bureau, the biggest population growth nationwide occurred in urban hubs in the South and the West.
(Definition of according to preposition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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