according

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accord +‎ -ing

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according

  1. Present participle of accord.
    Mind and soul according well. - Alfred Tennyson

Adjective[edit]

according (comparative more according, superlative most according)

  1. Agreeing; in agreement or harmony; harmonious.
    This according voice of national wisdom.

Adverb[edit]

according (comparative more according, superlative most according)

  1. (obsolete) Accordingly; correspondingly. [16th-17th c.]
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, V.i:
      That apprehends no further than this world, / And squarest thy life according.
  2. Consistently as; in a corresponding manner (now generally expressing accordance with two or more alternatives). [from 16th c.]
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.20:
      Ethical theories may be divided into two classes, according as they regard virtue as an end or a means.
  3. In accordance, in a manner consistent to (something). [from 16th c.]
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      there was only a frightening silence, unenlivened even by the invidious enquiries of former years, which culminated, according to its stern nature, in a still more frightening old woman, a figure awaiting her on the very doorstep.

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