If someone says, "according to the weather man, it's going to rain," that means that the weather man is the source of the information.


Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious.

Adjective S.
(followed by `to'') as reported or stated by; "according to historians"

Adjective S.
(followed by `to'') in agreement with or accordant with; "according to instructions"

p. pr. & vb. n.
of Accord

p. a.
Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious.

Accordingly; correspondingly.


Ac*cord"ing, p. a. Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious. "This according voice of national wisdom." Burke. "Mind and soul according well." Tennyson.
According to him, every person was to be bought.
Our zeal should be according to knowledge.
&hand; According to has been called a prepositional phrase, but strictly speaking, according is a participle in the sense of agreeing, acceding, and to alone is the preposition. According as, precisely as; the same as; corresponding to the way in which. According as is an adverbial phrase, of which the propriety has been doubted; but good usage sanctions it. See According, adv.
Is all things well, According as I gave directions?
The land which the Lord will give you according as he hath promised.


Ac*cord"ing , adv. Accordingly; correspondingly. [Obs.] Shak.

Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious.

Accordingly; correspondingly.


Usage Examples

Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes.

According to the Small Business Administration, more than 70 percent of all family businesses do not survive through the second generation, and 8 percent do not make it to a third.

Environmental disaster is the gravest threat to China's continued development. That's according to me, but it is not some wacko view.

By action and reaction do we become strong or weak, according to the character of our thoughts and mental states. Fear is the deadly nightshade of the mind.

A drunkard in the gutter is just where he ought to be, according to the fitness and tendency of things. Nature has set upon him the process of decline and dissolution by which she removes things which have survived their usefulness.

All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.

Each one prays to God according to his own light.

According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people but it is always your own happiness you seek.

According to the Privacy Rights Center, up to 10 million Americans are victims of ID theft each year. They have a right to be notified when their most sensitive health data is stolen.

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Other Usage Examples

According to Richard Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism chief, Bush was so obsessed with Iraq that he failed to take action against Osama Bin Laden despite repeated warnings from his intelligence experts.

According to the Jain view, soul is that element which knows, thinks and feels. It is in fact the divine element in the living being. The Jain thinks that the phenomena of knowledge, feeling, thinking and willing are conditioned on something, and that that something must be as real as anything can be.

According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.

Deregulation created this epidemic of greed which according to the rules of capitalism was OK. Beyond that there was criminal behaviour. There have been no repercussions and it's hard to make your peace with.

According to materialistic science, any memory requires a material substrate, such as the neuronal network in the brain or the DNA molecules of the genes.

A person that much interested in science is going to neglect his social life somewhat, but not completely, because that isn't healthy either. So one has to work it out according to one's own inclinations, how one wants to proportion these things.

Every genuine boy is a rebel and an anarch. If he were allowed to develop according to his own instincts, his own inclinations, society would undergo such a radical transformation as to make the adult revolutionary cower and cringe.

According to the U.S. Census, the most common reason people give for not voting is that they were too busy or had conflicting work or school schedules.

According to an ancient Sardinian legend, the bodies of those who are born on Christmas Eve will never dissolve into dust but are preserved until the end of time.


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