1. (followed by `to') in agreement with or accordant with;
- Example: "according to instructions"
2. (followed by `to') as reported or stated by;
- Example: "according to historians"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Accord \Ac*cord"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accorded; p. pr. & vb. n. According.] [OE. acorden, accorden, OF. acorder, F. accorder, fr. LL. accordare; L. ad + cor, cordis, heart. Cf. Concord, Discord, and see Heart.] 1. To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust; -- followed by to. [R.] [1913 Webster] Her hands accorded the lute's music to the voice. --Sidney. [1913 Webster] 2. To bring to an agreement, as persons; to reconcile; to settle, adjust, harmonize, or compose, as things; as, to accord suits or controversies. [1913 Webster] When they were accorded from the fray. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] All which particulars, being confessedly knotty and difficult can never be accorded but by a competent stock of critical learning. --South. [1913 Webster] 3. To grant as suitable or proper; to concede; to award; as, to accord to one due praise. "According his desire." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
According \Ac*cord"ing\, adv. Accordingly; correspondingly. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
According \Ac*cord"ing\, p. a. Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious. "This according voice of national wisdom." --Burke. "Mind and soul according well." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] According to him, every person was to be bought. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Our zeal should be according to knowledge. --Sprat. [1913 Webster] Note: 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Is all things well, According as I gave directions? --Shak. [1913 Webster] The land which the Lord will give you according as he hath promised. --Ex. xii. 25. [1913 Webster]