Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “according to”

See all translations

according to

preposition
 
 
/əˈkɔːdɪŋtuː/
SAID BY B1 as said by someone or shown by something: According to Susie, he didn't even have a girlfriend. According to our records, she was absent last Friday.Quoting and making references
BASED ON B2 based on a particular system or plan: Children are allocated to schools according to the area in which they live.Being based on or depending on something
(Definition of according to from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “according to” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More