according to

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

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PrepositionEdit

according to

  1. (idiomatic) Based on what is said or stated by; on the authority of.
    According to the directions, the glue takes 24 hours to dry.
  2. In a manner conforming or corresponding to; in proportion to; in accordance with. [from 16th c.]
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomas Sprat and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Our zeal should be according to knowledge.
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      there was only a frightening silence, unenlivened even by the invidious enquiries of former years, which culminated, according to its stern nature, in a still more frightening old woman, a figure awaiting her on the very doorstep.
  3. Depending on.

Usage notesEdit

  • According to is shown as a preposition in all four American unabridged dictionaries MW3, RHU, Encarta, and AHD.
  • The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL) classifies according as a preposition with to phrase as its complement, noting that the meaning when used as a preposition differs from the meaning of the "-ing" form of the verb accord.

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