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Meaning of “according to” in the English Dictionary

"according to" in British English

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according topreposition

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 ​ourrecords 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 ​theirability.according to plan Something that ​happens according to ​planhappens in the way it was ​intended to: Did it all go according to ​plan?

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(Definition of according to from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"according to" in American English

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 us   /əˈkɔr·dɪŋ ˌtu, -ˌtʊ, -tə/
  • according to preposition (AS STATED BY)

as ​stated by: According to my ​mother, you have to ​eat three ​meals a ​day every ​day.
  • according to preposition (FOLLOWING)

in a way that ​agrees with; by: The ​teachersorted the ​exams according to ​grade, with the A’s on ​top and the F’s on the ​bottom.
(Definition of according to from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"according to" in Business English

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according topreposition

uk   us  
used for saying which ​person, ​group, ​piece of ​information, etc. ​provides a particular fact: According to a ​companyspokesman, 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 ​populationgrowthnationwide occurred in ​urbanhubs in the South and the West.
(Definition of according to from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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