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according

[uh-kawr-ding] /əˈkɔr dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
agreeing:
according voices raised in censure.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see accord, -ing2

accord

[uh-kawrd] /əˈkɔrd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be in agreement or harmony; agree.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make agree or correspond; adapt.
3.
to grant; bestow:
to accord due praise.
4.
Archaic. to settle; reconcile.
noun
5.
proper relationship or proportion; harmony.
6.
a harmonious union of sounds, colors, etc.
7.
consent or concurrence of opinions or wills; agreement.
8.
an international agreement; settlement of questions outstanding among nations.
Idioms
9.
of one's own accord, without being asked or told; voluntarily:
We did the extra work of our own accord.
Origin
1100-50; Middle English ac(c)corden, late Old English acordan < Old French acorder < Vulgar Latin *accordāre, equivalent to Latin ac- ac- + cord- heart, mind; see cordial, heart
Related forms
accordable, adjective
accorder, noun
nonaccord, noun
preaccord, noun, verb (used without object)
unaccordable, adjective
unaccorded, adjective
well-accorded, adjective
Can be confused
accord, afford.
Synonyms
1. harmonize, concur. See correspond. 2. reconcile.
Antonyms
1. conflict. 3. withhold, deny; withdraw.
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British Dictionary definitions for according

according

/əˈkɔːdɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(foll by to) in proportion; in relation: salary will be according to age and experience
2.
(foll by to) on the report (of); as stated (by)
3.
(foll by to) in conformity (with); in accordance (with): everything went according to plan
4.
(foll by as) depending (on whether)
5.
(not standard) dependent on: it's all according where you want to go

accord

/əˈkɔːd/
noun
1.
agreement; conformity; accordance (esp in the phrase in accord with)
2.
consent or concurrence of opinion
3.
with one accord, unanimously
4.
pleasing relationship between sounds, colours, etc; harmony
5.
a settlement of differences, as between nations; compromise
6.
of one's own accord, voluntarily
verb
7.
to be or cause to be in harmony or agreement
8.
(transitive) to grant; bestow
Derived Forms
accordable, adjective
accorder, noun
Word Origin
C12: via Old French from Latin ad- to + cord-, stem of cor heart
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Word Origin and History for according

c.1300, "matching, similar, correponding," present participle adjective and adverb from accord (v.). Meanings "conforming (to), compliant, in agreement; consistent, harmonious; suitable, appropriate" are from late 14c. According to "referring to," literally "in a manner agreeing with" is attested from mid-15c.

accord

v.

early 12c., from Old French acorder (12c.) "reconcile, agree, be in harmony," from Vulgar Latin *accordare "make agree," literally "be of one heart, bring heart to heart," from Latin ad- "to" + cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (see heart). Related: Accorded; according.

n.

late 13c., accourd, from Old French acord "agreement," a back-formation from acorder (see accord (v.)).

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