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according to

preposition
1.
in agreement or accord with:
according to his judgment.
2.
consistent with; in conformity with:
to be paid according to one's experience.
3.
on the authority of; as stated or reported by:
According to her, they have gone.
4.
in proportion to:
He'll be charged according to his ability to pay.
5.
contingent on:
According to the number of winners, the judges will award duplicate prizes.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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