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English definition of “according to”

according to

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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