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"according to" in British English

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uk   /əˈkɔː.dɪŋ ˌtuː/  us   /əˈkɔːr.dɪŋ ˌtuː/
  • 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.

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  • according to preposition (METHOD)

B2 in a way that agrees with: Students are all put in different groups according to their ability.
according to plan
Something that happens according to plan happens 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 teacher sorted 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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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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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