according to

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; Middle English

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